What Dental Chews Should You Give Your Dog/Cat?
Dental chews can keep your dog or cat's teeth clean and healthy. But with so many options on the market, which brand or product is right for your pet? Today, veterinarian Dr. Hunter Finn discusses the benefits of dental chews and why VOHC-approved products are best suited for your furry friend in McKinney, TX. We also review the benefits of regular dental cleanings with a trusted specialist. Call Pet Method to schedule an appointment and get started on proper care today.
What are dental chews?
Dental chews are snacks designed to clean your pet's teeth and gums. They remove plaque and tartar buildup, massage the gums, and promote excellent oral health.
Dental chews come in many shapes, sizes, and flavors to suit any pet's preference. Most are made from natural ingredients and have tasty flavors, like chicken, sweet potato, and blueberries. Pet parents can consult with a veterinarian to find the best dental chew for their dog or cat.
Why VOHC-approved products?
The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) evaluates the effectiveness of dental products for pets. To be VOHC-approved, a product must meet rigorous standards for safety as well as proven plaque and tartar reduction.
When choosing a dental chew for your pet, always look for the VOHC seal of approval. Here are some examples of VOHC-approved dental chews for dogs and cats:
- C.E.T.® VEGGIEDENT® FR3SH® Chews
- Canine greenies®, available in FreshMint, Blueberry, and Pumpkin spice flavors
- Purina DentaLife Advanced Clean Treats
How often can my pet have a dental chew?
Dental chews should not replace brushing your pet's teeth, but they are a great way to supplement their oral care routine. Most pets can have one or two dental chews per day, but read the label and follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Remember to choose VOHC-approved products for the best results. And always consult with Pet Method in McKinney, TX before starting your dog or cat on any new oral health care product.
What happens during professional teeth cleaning?
Professional teeth cleanings may be necessary if your dog or cat has extensive dental issues. During this appointment, Pet Method uses special instruments to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. This prevents gum diseases, like gingivitis and periodontitis.
Dr. Finn ensures your pet's comfort before performing any treatment. Cleanings are performed using general anesthesia, and pets are carefully monitored throughout the process.
Pets may require a teeth cleaning if they have:
- Chronic bad breath
- Gum inflammation
- Excessive drooling
- Excessive tartar buildup
- Inflamed gums
- Missing, loose, or broken teeth
Once the dental cleaning is complete, Pet Method will schedule follow-up appointments as needed to ensure their teeth and gums are virtually plaque-free. Depending on the severity of the issue, your pet may need to come back every six months to a year for another cleaning.
Learn more about dental chews
At-home care is just as important as teeth cleanings from an expert. Be sure to brush your pet's teeth regularly and provide VOHC-approved dental chews whenever possible. Call Pet Method today to meet with Dr. Hunter Finn and get started on your pet's dental care. Our McKinney, TX clinic can provide additional information and resources to improve their oral health.