Dental disease is one of the most common diseases dogs encounter in their lives. In fact, over 80% of dogs over the age of 3 has some form of periodontal disease. There are four stages of periodontal disease, progressing from minimal plaque and inflamed gums to established gingivitis, and then on to mild and ultimately severe periodontitis, which can result in bone and/or tooth loss. In addition, according to data found by Banfield’s Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK) Team, pets with periodontal disease are more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease as well as other forms of bodily organ damage because bacteria from the mouth constantly enters the bloodstream and adheres to the arteries surrounding the heart.
Fortunately, dental disease is easily preventable with proper care. Daily brushing with professional cleaning once a year can remove all your worries about your dog's dental health. However, we understand that daily brushing isn't a reality for many dog owners. Some dogs refuse to get their teeth brushed while some owners are far too busy to fight with their dog every night with a toothbrush in one hand. Here are the top 4 dental treats for dogs.
Earth Paws Sweet Potato Dental Treats
Earth Paws Sweet Potato Dental Treats are made from 100% natural ingredients meant for human consumption. The hard surface of the treat is great for mechanically removing plaque and tartar from your dog's teeth. Sweet potatoes are regarded as a superfood for dogs and human alike due to its nutritional benefits. They are high in dietary fiber, packed with vitamins A, C, and B6, potassium, calcium, iron, and many other essential vitamins and minerals. In addition, every purchase you make from Earth Paws helps fund the training of a dog with Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Bully sticks are made from high-protein beef muscle which is a great alternative to beef rawhide. Beef rawhide in general is not easily digested by most dogs while bully sticks are highly digestible. In addition to their high digestibility, bully sticks are a tasty, single-ingredient treat. Beef is a complete source of amino acids, which support your dog’s muscles, brain, skin, and coat.
Himalayan Dog Chews
Himalayan dogs chews are a great high protein chew for your dog. They contain over 53% protein and are made from only 4 ingredients: yak milk, cow milk, lime, and salt. They are lactose free, gluten free, preservative free, and free of artificial flavors and colors. The high density of this treat makes it long lasting and can be stored for up to 4 years in a dry environment.
Fresh produce such as seedless apple slices and carrots can be a great treat to maintain dental hygiene in dogs. The crunchy texture of apples and carrots can mechanically remove plaque off the surface of your dog's teeth. As an added benefit, both apples and carrots contain high amounts of essential vitamins and minerals.
Now that you've seen our top 4 dental chew picks, comment below and tell us which one is your favorite or if you think we missed a strong contender!