9. VOHC-Approved Dental Chews
Buildup of plaque and tartar in your pet’s mouth can lead to painful, inflamed gums, and open the door to infection and periodontal disease. But the simple mechanical action of chewing can make a difference in your pet’s oral health.
If you want to give a treat to your dog that also offers teeth-cleaning action, try VOHC-approved dental chews.
The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) has approved several dental chews that improve oral health. These products are approved after various testing.
Only products that are beneficial at wiping away plaque and abrading tartar are given the VOHC seal of approval. You can check the list of their approved products, .
10. Healthy Dog Biscuits
For some dogs, the crunch of chewing a biscuit is the best treat they can think of.
Dog biscuits have been around for centuries, and there are many varieties to choose from. Biscuits also come in different sizes, from big biscuit for a hearty crunch to smaller kibble-sized treats.
The best biscuit treats are made using all-natural ingredients like chicken, cheddar cheese, oatmeal, sweet potatoes or apples and are slow baked in the oven.
When looking for dog biscuits, always check the label thoroughly. Avoid any brand that has artificial flavorings or preservatives.
If you are good at cooking, you can bake biscuits at home to serve to your pet.
- Treats are meant to be enjoyed occasionally. They don’t have to be daily food for your pet.
- No more than 10 percent of your dog’s daily calories should come from treats, even the ones listed above.
- Your dog’s treats should be easy on their teeth as well as stomach. Avoid anything that’s hard and non-chewable.
- Steer clear of grapes, raisins, onions, chocolate and anything with caffeine. These items can be toxic to pets.
- Apple (without seeds), broccoli and green beans also make healthy treats for dogs.
- Just like people, dogs may not react well to certain foods. If your dog does not like a specific food, it’s probably best to avoid it.