The Good Chew Treats for Dogs With Gum Problems

by Amy S. Jorgensen Google
Cellulose-based chew treats are good for your dog's teeth and gums.

Cellulose-based chew treats are good for your dog's teeth and gums.

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Just like you, your dog can suffer from gum and dental problems. If left untreated, these problems can cause pain, loss of appetite and damaged teeth, not to mention bacterial infections in other parts of the dog’s body. Veterinarians agree that chew treats can prevent and reduce these problems. Chew treats containing cellulose and receiving the Veterinary Oral Health Council seal of acceptance are the best choices.

Cellulose in Chew Treats

According to a 2010 article published in the American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, the best chew treats for dogs who have periodontal disease contain cellulose, which is found in plant cells. The researchers believe that the cellulose requires more chewing, and that the chewing action stimulates gum health. The study found that cellulose chew treats can help dogs who already suffer from periodontal disease and can prevent the problems from developing at all. Plant-based treats, such as Greenies-brand chews, include cellulose.

Veterinary Seal of Acceptance

Since 1997, the Veterinary Oral Health Council has been making recommendations for canine dental health. The council reviews pet foods and treats and awards some their seal of acceptance. Products so chosen are considered beneficial for canine dental health. You can find the VOHC seal of acceptance listed on specific products, or you can view a list of products that have earned the seal online.

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About the Author

I have been a full-time freelancer for nearly 9 years and have also taught part-time at the university level for a combination of almost 5 years. I've also formerly worked in the print-on-demand industry as a manuscript reviewer.