What is the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) and why does seeing the symbol on my pet's dental products matter?
VOHC exists to recognize products that meet pre-set standards of plaque and calculus (tartar) deceleration in dogs and cats. Products are awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance following review of data from trials conducted according to VOHC protocols. The VOHC does not test products itself and only does so with products that they have been asked to test by the manufacturers.
The VOHC Council consists of nine veterinary dentists and dental scientists with experience with scientific protocols and study design, and a non-voting Director. The Council members are appointed by the President and Board of Directors of the American Veterinary Dental College, which oversees the policies and procedures of the Council. The Council reviews submissions and recommends whether to award the VOHC Seal to a product.
The VOHC Seal is displayed on products that have been awarded the Seal. The first VOHC Seal of Acceptance was awarded in June 1998, to Hill's Pet Nutrition Canine Prescription Diet t/d, a product which we offer here at IVS.
Use of the VOHC outside the USA began in Canada, followed by Europe and Japan. The VOHC system is now recognized world-wide.
For the full list of products that have received the seal go to the VOHC website http://www.vohc.org/all_accepted_products.html