Dogs have mouths that are meant to chew and rip meat from bones in the wild. Their teeth are meant to truly be utilized for extreme purposes. Most dogs also enjoy chewing and exercising their mouths well into old age. However, many smaller breeds of dogs are fed only moist food so their teeth tend to suffer greatly later in life. They will have excessive plaque buildup, tooth decay, and often, abscesses. These painful conditions can often be prevented if you begin to give your dog healthy dental treats early in life to reduce plaque and tartar buildup.
Here is a guide to five top treats that your dog will adore and that will also help its overall dental health.
1) Pedigree Dentabone Treats
These hard bones have an abrasive surface that helps reduce tartar and plaque when your dog chews. All of the large breed dogs that I have owned adored these bones. My one Dachshund also likes these bones but my tiny mixed breed hates them. I feel that they work well and they tend to last quite sometime before the dogs chew up.
The Pedigree Dentabones also retail for a very reasonable $5.00.
2) Greenies Dental Treats
I purchased these two weeks ago at Petco for my Dachshund who adores them. My little mixed breed likes them too. They are chewing and they seem to give the dogs mouth a good workout. The manufacturer claims that they reduce plaque given daily by 70 percent. These chews also contain antioxidants to help your dogs immune system.
I don’t know if the chews will hold up to what the manufacture claims but I do know that my two little guys adore them. You can purchase a pack of 43 for less then $20.00 so the price is ideal. You can also purchase sizes for different breeds of dogs. They come in small, x small, medium, and large.
3) Science Diet Simple Essentials Oral Care Dog Treats
My dogs go crazy for these crunchy little treats. They make the claim that they freshen breath and I have noticed a difference in my dogs breath after they consume these tiny treats. A small bag costs only $5.99.
4) The Goodlife Recipe Wholesome Bone
My dogs adore these bones. They will spend hours happily chewing away. They are suppose to taste like meat and vegetables but they don’t smell bad. They retail for only $22.99 for four large bones.
5) Red Barn White Bones
These are nice white clean bones that have been bleached and are hollow. They will not stain your furniture or carpet. You can even fill them with a tiny treat so your dog has to work to chew them. I like to place peanut butter inside the bone.
Many pet owners head to the butcher block to pick up a box of bones for their dogs but these can often stain and smell up carpet or furniture. I do this if my dog is going to enjoy a bone outside. But for inside chewing I like these clean bleached bones and my dogs adore them.
These bones retail for between $2-$10 depending on the size you buy. They each last about a week with my dogs