We strongly suggest brushing daily, as it is the most effective way to help keep your pet's teeth clean. In our hectic lives however, most people don't have the time to sit and brush their pet's teeth - but we do have time to give them a treat.
Companies have been making pet dental treats for a while, so there are many available on the market. Popular brands like Greenies and C.E.T. have studies to back their claims of tartar control and reducing plaque and calculus. Daily chewing on a proper dental chew can substantially reduce plaque and tartar by up to 69%. Read the fine print as there are a lot of claims but not necessarily the studies.
Many people offer their dogs bones and deer antlers as popular chew items. There is a risk of broken teeth or swallowing small pieces that can get stuck and cause intestinal obstruction. An easy tip is to follow the Knee-Cap Rule: “If you would not want me to hit you in the knee cap with it, do not let your dog chew on it!”
For dogs, we have found C.E.T. dental chews to be the most palatable and effective way to reduce plaque and calculus on their dog's teeth. There are different sizes of chews, and it is important to ensure you are buying the correct size for your dog. Too large or too small chews may provide a hazard, as with any rawhide product. The C.E.T.® Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Dogs feature an exclusive Dual-Enzyme System. Made from select beefhide, C.E.T.® Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Dogs work with the dog's natural chewing action to loosen tartar and provide clinically proven plaque control Helping keep teeth clean and breath fresh.
For cats, we carry the Greenies Feline in both chicken and catnip flavours. They have been approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council USA to help control tartar in cats with daily use. They have a unique shape and crunchy texture that's proven to reduce tartar.
If you think a dental chew is right for your pet's oral health, you can give us a call or come in and discuss with one of our friendly staff what would be best. We try keep the different chews and sizes on hand so you can quickly pop in and pick some up.