As most of you know I love my babies (Ike is finally growing on me and calming down). Ricky is about ten years old so he is older than Ike but promoting healthy teeth is so important no matter the stage of the dog. Ricky has had many issues with his teeth and actually has had a few pulled in the past two years. Today I would like to share with you two products that I have been testing out to see how my dogs like them. I never had much luck with Greenies, Ricky just turns up his nose as he walks away with his head down saying “Mom, you know I don’t like these things.” Yet finally after all these years, I have found two products that he really likes.
Why Keep Your Dogs Teeth Clean?
Keeping your dogs teeth clean is so important and just speaking to the vet can help you understand more. I always suggest that before starting any type of dental chew to make sure that your dogs teeth are in good condition. You don’t want to cause more problems. According to VetStreet, Eighty-five percent of all pets have periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years of age.
Periodontal disease is a progressive disease of the supporting tissues surrounding teeth and the main cause of early tooth loss.
Periodontal disease starts when bacteria combine with food particles to form plaque on the teeth. Within days, minerals in the saliva bond with the plaque to form tartar, a hard substance that adheres to the teeth. The bacteria work their way under the gums and cause gingivitis — inflammation of the gums. Once under the gums, bacteria destroy the supporting tissue around the tooth, leading to tooth loss. This condition is known as periodontitis. Gingivitis and periodontitis make up the changes that are referred to as periodontal disease. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can also travel in the bloodstream to infect the heart, kidneys, and liver.
- Dental disease can result in bad breath, painful chewing, and tooth loss.
- Bacteria under the gum can travel to the heart, kidneys, and liver.
- A professional dental cleaning is required to remove plaque and tartar from a pet’s teeth and to assess the health of the mouth.
- A thorough dental cleaning requires that the pet be under anesthesia.
- Regular at-home dental care can help improve the health of your pet’s mouth and lengthen the intervals between professional dental cleanings.
Because keeping up a regular cleaning at home is so important I suggest using a type of Dental chew to help with bad breath and the removal of tartar and plaque. You want your pet to be as healthy as possible and this is the easiest thing to do besides brushing their teeth on a regular basis.
Two Choices When It Comes To Dental Chews
Like I said before Ricky is very particular when it comes to his treats and bones. It has taken me forever to find something that he really loves. For me the main purpose of having a great dental chew is to help with the build-up of plaque and tartar in your dog’s mouth. If you have a dog that chews a ton of bones than you might not have a need as much as other pet owners whose dogs don’t chew as much, such as mine.
Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Treat Dental Chew
Natural Balance Dental Chews are scientifically formulated to encourage your dog’s natural chewing instinct, to help support healthy teeth and gums. This delicious mix of flavors makes for a great taste your dog will love! I received the L.I.T Sweet Potato and Chicken Meal Formula. Since Ricky is an older dog I to tend to feed him more of the Natural Balance because I love that it has limited ingredients that I understand.
The grooves in the treat are like none other I really have seen and just by looking at the bones themselves you can see how great they would work to help reduce the tartar buildup and plaque. Another huge highlight of this chew is that it has Vitamin C, a key antioxidant nutrient, is added to help support immune function. I choose the medium/large chew which is perfect for Ricky but a bit big for Ike. I would pay close attention to the size of the dental chew so you get the proper product.
Another great option is the Whimzees. Ricky goes crazy for these. I mean even I think they are the cutest thing ever. Below you will see what I mean. These again are Limited Ingredient but they do offer a bit more. They also are gluten-free, grain & corn free, non-GMO, vegetarian and highly digestible. I think the thing that had me sold of these was the fact that they are grain & corn free. I had a dog that could not have grain or corn and I can’t tell you how hard it was to find her a good treat or dental chew.
One thing to note is that these are not suitable for dogs under the age of nine months. Each of the treats comes in different shapes making them fun for everyone, even you! I have tried out the Whimzees Variety Pack which you can purchase online at Chewy.com. I think this is a great way to see all the different shapes they offer and try them out on your pet.
I must say I about cried when I started to write this posting. I used to feed Lucy these and it just so happens that I used the same card that I used when I wrote a posting before 🙁 Just seeing her little pictures make me sad. She was my baby girl but even she loved Whimzees. It seems like just yesterday that we had to put her to sleep. UGH!!!
Either of these chews would be perfect for your little fur baby but as always you know your pet best! I suggest check these two out if you have a hard time with your pet and Greenies because they both offer the same cleaning power and most of the time at the fraction of the price. I am off to love on my babies for a while but until next time stay caffeinated my friends.