Although your pup may not be a fan of his toothbrush, he is not immune to the negative health effects of plaque and tartar. Brushing your dog’s teeth daily is the gold standard when it comes to canine healthcare, but in reality, vets know this doesn’t always happen. Convincing a noisy puppy or anxious older dog to sit still while you poke their mouth with bristles is a lot to ask, and pet owners are always looking for a better solution.
The obvious way to help your dog’s teeth without daily brushing is to give him dental treats. Dogs love them and they supposedly do your work for you – but you wonder, ‘Is it too good to be true?’ It may be hard to believe, but vets say dental treats for dogs can effectively protect your pet from plaque and tartar.
The American Veterinary Dental Association reports “more than 80 percent of dogs develop periodontal disease by the age of three.” It starts with a yellow-brown film on your dog’s teeth and eventually leads to sensitive gums, loss of appetite and broken teeth. Extreme tartar buildup can even cause other health problems when bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream.
Just like with humans, the only real way to get that nasty stuff off your dog’s teeth is to scrape it away. Your dentist does this every time you go in for a cleaning, and dogs can do this by doing what they do best: chewing. The mechanical motion involved in chewing effectively reduces tartar by scraping gunk and bacteria from the teeth. Dental treats for dogs are the easiest way to brighten your pup’s smile. According to Web MD PetsRegularly chewing dental treats can reduce plaque by 70%.
The trick, however, is to choose a product that actually works. Not all dental treats should be treated the same, and how clean your dog’s teeth are depends on which product you choose. Ideally, you want your puppy to chew the treat for as long as possible. If the treat is too small or falls apart too easily, they will not benefit from the abrasive cleaning. Although a treat may look too big for your dog, the seemingly oversized size is actually a plus.
While the chewing motion is the most important part of this equation, what your dog chews on is also important. Treats made with the enzymes lysozyme, lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase are especially good for your dog’s teeth. The enzymes work together to reduce plaque that will eventually harden into tartar. You also don’t want to sacrifice a slim waist for healthy teeth. Dental chews should be low in calories and low in fat.
Project Paws® Grain Free Triple Enzyme Dental Sticks tick all the boxes when it comes to choosing a dental treat that is both healthy and effective. The vet-formulated recipe promotes dental health on three levels: to fight plaque, control tartar and freshen your dog’s breath. The sticks are low in calories and you can treat your puppy every day without having to worry about overfeeding. They are also the only dental treat on the market that supports the health of shelter dogs waiting to be adopted. Who knew so much good could come from one dental treat?
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