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.
- WebMd: Dog Dental Treats
- Veterinary Oral Health Council: Purpose and History
- Banfield Pet Hospital: Gum Disease in Dogs and Cats
- Elmhurst College: Cellulose
- American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences: Beneficial Effect of a Cellulose-Containing Chew Treat on Canine Periodontal Disease in a Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial
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