What to Give Your Dog to Help Clean Their Teeth! Stinky dog breath, unsightly brownish-yellow residue along with your dog's gum line, a natural yet infuriating desire of your dog to gnaw on EVERYTHING. We’ve all been there. With the steep price of a professional pet dental treatment, we all look for ways to become our own doggy dentists. With an influx of “teeth cleaning” treats on the market, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by information, or even a lack thereof. Here is a list of some tried and tested (and also vet recommended!) teeth cleaning products that WON’T break the bank! Hurray!
- Raw chews - pig ears, duck necks, bully sticks, etc can help break up plaque building up on your dog’s teeth. The tough, yet natural nature of these chews with ensuring that your dog keeps gnawing away on these treats. They may not help stinky breath, but they sure do get rid of all that gunk!
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- Whimzees - these chews are hard, so again, they help break up plaque build-ups on your dog’s teeth. They are unscented and don’t make any mess, plus they come in a lot of different shapes, sizes, and life-stage options!
- Virbac CET dental chews - While a bag of any of these chews can seem like a steep price at first, you really are getting a good bang for your buck! There are different types of these chews all targeted toward different dental issues, They have veggies chews to help control tartar and freshen breath, enzymatic chews to help clean up your pup’s mouth, break down plaque, and work to destroy nasty bacteria, and a unique dual-action system to help control plaque with extended-release of the active ingredient. All three of my pups go crazy for these chews and I trust that they are both healthy and helpful!
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- Softer chews like Greenies and Merrick - these chews may not help with the actual cleaning of teeth because they are soft, but can help freshen breath! The softer nature of these chews makes them more suitable for older dogs with dental problems who can’t have tougher chews. I view these dental chews more as a breath mint for my smelly pup, and if nothing else, she seems to love the flavor!
- Bones - your dog’s natural urge to chew away on bones helps clean teeth by breaking down plaque and other residues, but raw bones are best because smoked/otherwise cooked bones can splinter and cause serious issues. They may leave a bit of an unpleasurable scent behind, but hey, at least you saved on the professional dental treatment!
- Antlers - pretty much the same things as bones, benefit wise! You want to be sure to get whole antlers because split ones can splinter. Antlers are a good alternative to bones if the scent/sight of a bone is off-putting for you. Antlers are basically unscented and don't leave behind a trace!
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