There is nothing a dog loves more than a good bone to chew on. However, the market is now being flooded with bones that claim to help clean your dog’s teeth. The key is to know which bones actually do what they claim, and which ones just provide empty calories.
Why Is Dental Health Important For Dogs?
Dental health is vital to the dog’s ability to avoid plaque building up on their teeth, which causes tooth rot and decay and ultimately removal of the infected teeth. Once the teeth are infected it becomes very difficult to stop the infection from spreading throughout the rest of the dog’s mouth. This can infect all of their teeth if proper veterinary care is not given to the dog in a timely manner.
Maintaining a dog’s dental health is vital to their abilities to be able to chew and process their food, which provides proper nourishment to your pup.
Bones to AVOID For Your Dog’s Dental Health:
The first thing that needs to be looked at is what bones are not good for your dog’s teeth. There are some bones that can affect their teeth in negative ways. They pose risk of damaging the dog’s teeth rather than cleaning.
Generally, the following kinds of bones and chews should be avoided.
- Animal Chews: These are generally bones that include bones, hooves, or antlers of other animals that are advertised as “hard chews.” Many people think their dogs loves these types of treats. The truth is that these types of bones are actually very hard for the dog to chew on and can chip or fracture their teeth. This can cause dental problems down the line.
- Corn Starch Chews: Corn starch chews include corn which commonly causes allergies in dogs. Some of the corn can be very hard and can break off in the dog’s mouth and cause teeth to break off orit can become a choking hazard to your pup.
- Rawhide Chews: Rawhide chews are not made of the aforementioned (dangerous) bones, hooves, or antlers of other animals but could have other dangerous ingredients. They can also be a choking hazard if they are ingested while soft.
What Are Good Chews For My Dog To Use?
You may be thinking, “What do I give my dog if the rawhides I have given them all their lives are not the best choice?” Well, have no fear, there indeed are some chews and bones that are just fine for dogs to chew on.
In fact, there are actually a variety of ways to help improve your dog’s dental health.
- Dental Chews/Bones/Biscuits: There are a variety of dental chews and bones and other edible treats that clean your dog’s teeth. Some of the most often recommended to try are Greenies, Del Monte Tartar and Bright Bites.
- Dog Dental Diets: There are even dog foods that claim to help keep your dog’s teeth cleaner than their competitors. Some of the these foods resist crumbling, and others have healthier ingredients. Many of these foods have been shown to prevent bacteria from gathering in the mouth. As well as discourage tartar from developing.
- Dog Chew Toys: Non-edible treats that are softer in nature such as Kong toys, Plaque Attackers or Gumabones are great choices. Especially if you dog chews through edible treats too quickly. They can help avoid excessive tartar and plaque. While, also giving the dog the chewing stimulation they crave and need.
Where Should My Dog Chew These Bones?
These treats are often great to leave in your dog’s bed or their favorite place around the home. Keeping them in a certain place helps avoid clutter and resource guarding.