It seems like almost every single pet product these days is ‘vet-recommended’. How can all pet products be recommended by vets? Which products truly are veterinarian recommended? Dr. Jess compiled her own list of vet-recommended dog chews below:
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Not all dog chews are made the same.
The treats Doc Jess has listed here, not only are affordable, easily obtainable, but also have properties that can help with dental plaque buildup on your pup’s teeth!
Vet Recommended Dog Chews
Here is a list compiled by Dr. Jess herself of vet-recommended dog products by category:
Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews
The Virbac website states "C.E.T.® Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Dogs feature an exclusive Dual-Enzyme System, plus an abrasive texture. Working with the dog's chewing action, C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews reduce plaque and tartar helping keep teeth clean and breath fresh, even on days when brushing isn’t possible. Available sizes to Extra Small, Small, Medium and Large."
Out of my own veterinary experience, I have seen many dogs really take to the flavor of these treats. I really like that these treats have the enzymatic feature along with the extra added texture to them. Both these qualities will help with the amount of plaque buildup on your dog's teeth.
GREENIES Original Dog Natural Dental Treats
The Greenies website has a specific web page just for veterinarians. The website explains Greenies to us veterinarians as "Your clients may come to you with questions about doggie breath. Our dental treats have a bendable and chewy texture that allows teeth to sink in and help scrape away plaque and tartar. One treat a day is all it takes for dogs to experience the amazing effects of clean teeth and fresh breath."
Greenies are easy to find in most pet stores, grocery stores, and on Amazon. Many dogs like the flavor and these extremely accessible treats are also seen as very affordable to many
Ark Naturals Brushless Toothpaste
Ark Naturals briefly mentions "They have a unique toothpaste center, surrounded by a harder outside layer to abrasively clean teeth and mechanically help reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Not to mention, they are packed with wholesome, human grade ingredients that are low calorie and easy to digest."
I have had a few lovely clients with dogs who have loved these dog chews. Their dogs LOVED them.
Ark Naturals Gentle Digest Soft Chews
Some of my biggest reasons why I like these chews is because they are made with vitamin C and a pet digestive supplement (a natural prebiotic and probiotic) that works to support the growth of good bacteria for intestinal balance and a healthy immune system.
If you have a product in mind that would be a great fit for this list, send a mention Dr. Jess’ way.
She may just add it to this list!
And always remember, monitor and closely watch your dog whenever feeding them treats.