Dog Dental Care -- Look for the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Approval
If your dog has dental problems you probably won't even be aware of it other than the tell-tale doggy breath. A majority of pet owners apparently don't pay as much attention to their dogs' oral health as veterinarians would like. This unlocked article Aches & Claims: A Bite as Healthy as Their Bark | WSJ.com provides a thorough discussion of different products to maintain pet dental hygiene.
If your dog is willing, you can brush with specially designed toothbrushes and toothpaste for dogs. But unless you get them used to it as a puppy, many dogs won't tolerate tooth brushing, so there are alternatives.
Treats such as the popular Greenies Dental Chews help control harmful tartar and plaque buildup and are texturized to scrape off plaque and tartar. Other products include dental wipes to kill bacteria, plaque-reducing dental rinses, and water-bowl additives.
The problem is that many products haven't been adequately tested for pet-safety. To be on the safe side, look for the seal from the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC), a scientist-run group owned by the American Veterinary Dental College.
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Posted by Super Cool Pets Staff at February 9, 2012 1:15 AM