Tooth-friendly toys and treats for dogs

Renaissance Bulldog dog

It’s no secret to pet owners – dogs just love to chew stuff. In the wild, this isn’t a problem; there are all kinds of sticks, bones or wildebeest ankles around to keep canines crunching away.

Unfortunately, here in the civilized world, domesticated dogs require our guidance in choosing the best treats and toys to avoid tooth damage, and to help maintain tooth health. The best toys and chews will help remove plaque and tartar buildup, as well as provide hours of enjoyment, and serve as distraction from boredom or chewing of off-limits items, such as furniture.

Rawhide chews are particularly popular but must be wisely selected as ingestion of these can choke your pet, or cause organ damage when ingested in large chunks. Rawhide strips tied into knots at the ends are not recommended, as dogs will often gnaw the knot off in one piece and can then be accidentally swallowed whole. Longer strips of rawhide are better but can still cause dangerous internal blockages.

The only rawhide you should provide your dog are the special enzyme-treated dental chews offered at your veterinary clinic, as these are highly digestible. Natural knucklebones can be offered to your pet, but only when the soft, spongy covering is still in place over the bone. Once your dog gets down to the hard bone that can break or damage your dog’s teeth, it’s time to throw away the knucklebone.

Rubberized chew toys that contain holes for stuffing with peanut butter can provide hours of chewing entertainment, especially for smaller dogs who can’t get to the stuffing as fast as larger dogs. Your Wisdom Pets veterinarian can recommend chew toys based on your dog’s breed, size, and temperament.

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Tooth-friendly toys and treats for dogs