If only the best is good enough for your dog, then you need to know about OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews. Launched at the prestigious American Veterinary Medical Association congress in 2015, the OraVet chews have scientific proof behind their claim to improve canine dental health better than other dental hygiene chews.
So why do veterinary dental specialists recommend the OraVet dental chews for dogs? And what difference could it make to your dog’s dental health? Let’s find out.
OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews Vs. Other Dental Chews?
For starters, OraVet chews can make a number of impressive claims, notably:
- They carry the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) seal of approval.
- OraVet dental hygiene chews are made by Merial. It is a drug company also famous for making Frontline, a truly effective flea spot-on.
- OraVet chews alone hold the veterinary patent to delmopinol, a substance proven effective in human mouthwashes.
Note: The VOHC is an organization run by certified veterinary dental specialists. Their aim is to test which veterinary products work, and which don’t. A seal of approval from the VOHC is your reassurance that the product is effective.
Facts About OraVet Dental Chews
This is all very well, but what does your dog get out of it?
Unlike many other dental chews, there is research data to compare the difference that OraVet chews make to your dog’s teeth, gums, and breath.
To test the effectiveness of OraVet chews, the results were compared with dogs who were fed just dry food without tooth brushing.
Note: Bear in mind dry food has a much better cleaning effect on teeth than canned food!
The observations after giving one count of OraVet dental hygiene chews each day were:
- Plaque (the sludgy coating that is the precursor to tartar) formation on dog’s teeth was reduced by 50%.
- Tartar (the hard yellow-brown coating) formation was reduced by 50%.
Remember, this is just one chew per day!
OraVet Chews Ingredients
This effect is in part due to the presence of delmopinol, an ingredient present in the most sophisticated human mouthwashes. Indeed, to show just how good OraVet chews are, let’s digress a moment. Let’s look at the benefits of delmopinol to people, when comparing mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine vs. delmopinol.
In human trials [C] people had their teeth professionally cleaned and then instructed to stop brushing.
For two weeks their only oral hygiene was a once daily swill with mouthwash. Those using a mouthwash containing chlorhexidine had a rate of plaque recurrence of 88%, whilst those using delmopinol has just a 50% recurrence. Thus proving in people delmopinol has a superior protective action over the next leading product (containing chlorhexidine).
All of which shows that by choosing OraVet Dental Hygiene chews containing delmopinol, you can make a real and lasting contribution to promote better dental health for your dog.
How Do OraVet Dental Chews Work?
OraVet chews work by disrupting the formation of plaque, so that it no longer sticks to the teeth. This is important because plaque left in contact with the tooth surface for more than three days hardens into tartar. It is a combination of bacteria-laden plaque and mineralized tartar that inflames gums and causes bad breath, eventually leading to gum recession and tooth loss.
The delmopinol in OraVet dental hygiene chews disrupts plaque, reduces plaque formation and makes bacteria susceptible to attack. Add this to the mechanical action of chewing on a mildly abrasive chew, and you get pretty close to the ideal of tooth brushing.
OraVet Chews Side Effects
OraVet dental chews seem well tolerated by most dogs.
There is the odd dog that develops diarrhea, but this may be a case of not suiting that individual.
For some dogs there’s also the interesting outcome of producing green poop… but without ill effects.
Where Can I Find OraVet Dental Chews?
OraVet chews come in a variety of sizes, appropriate for different types of dog. When selecting which OraVet chew is right for your pet, go by their weight.
Here are your options:
- Up to 10 lbs: OraVet dental hygiene chews for small or toy dogs.
- From 10 lbs to 30 lbs: OraVet dental hygiene chews for small to medium dogs.
- From 25 lbs to 50 lbs: OraVet dental hygiene chews for medium to large dogs.
- Over 50 lbs: OraVet dental hygiene chews for large dogs.
But don’t take our word for it that OraVet dental hygiene chews make a difference, listen to what pet parents have to say.
OraVet Chews Reviews
One Amazon Customer wished he’d discovered them years ago (not that they were available then!) Before discovering OraVet dental chews his dog had to travel in the car with the windows down, as his bad breath made his pet parent feel queasy.
However, after just four chews those car windows stayed up, such was the improvement in the dog’s halitosis.
Top Alternatives to OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews
OraVet dental chews are an effective premium product and come with a price tag to match. So are they worth the extra and how to the alternatives stack up? Let’s take a look at those products with outstanding reputations.
Greenies Original Dog Dental Treats
Made from natural ingredients the ‘chewy’ texture offers a superior brushing action compared to other dental chews. They are also fully digestible and enriched with vitamins and minerals.
However, a word of caution. These are very tasty treats and a greedy dog that gulps them down whole will derive no benefit!
Greenies are a good choice for the pet parent who doesn’t want to splash out on OraVet chews. They help freshen breath and promote cleaner teeth. Satisfied pet parents repeatedly tell how their dogs love this treat so much they have to hide them, and that dog’s with previously stinky breath are put on the path to sweet breath.
Virbac CET VeggieDent Chews
Another highly recommended product to promote fresh breath and reduce tartar formation are these chews by Virbac. They are also approved by the VOHC so you can trust that they will have a beneficial effect.
These are a once-daily chew with a ‘Z’-shape which helps encourage the dog to chew on it effectively. For one pet parent this is a miracle chew, as it surpassed the performance of a rival top brands product and removed problematic tartar from her Cocker spaniels teeth.
On the minus side some pet parents may feel uncomfortable that CET chews are manufactured in Vietnam. In addition, these are a relatively calorific chew, coming in at just over 100 calories each. This can represent a considerably proportion of a small dog’s daily calorie allowance, so be careful to balance giving this dental treat by slightly reducing your dog’s meal size.
There can be few pet parents who aren’t aware of the name ‘Pedigree’ and its long standing place in pet food manufacturing. Dentastix are their dental chew offering and are clinically proven to reduce tartar formation by up to 80%.
Dentastix are competitively priced and so even the most skeptical of pet parents can afford to give this treats a go. Dogs love them too, and the ‘X’ shape makes for a treat that dogs can hold between their paws to get a good grip for a satisfying chew.
With thousands of reviews and a 5 star approval rating over 80% it seems the majority of consumers are happy to back up the claims made by Pedigree. Indeed Dentastix have many dedicated followers who have given their dog a daily Dentastix for years, with lovely fresh breath kisses and licks to show for it.
Again, as with any chew or food product, Dentastix can disagree with some dogs and cause diarrhea.
Note: Regardless of which chew you give them, always be there to supervise the dog to prevent the risk of choking.
Milk Bone Brushing Dental Treats
And the last on our list are the Milk Bone Dental Treats. They also have a VOHC seal of approval. These tasty looking bones are a relatively lean 41 calories per chew, which measures up well against others.
The large pack size means Milk Bones are a competitive price per chew. They are a good starter for the pet parent prepared to give dental chews a trial, but who don’t want to spend big. Indeed, one satisfied owner was happy to note that obvious tartar had disappeared after just one treat.
On a more cautious note, there is debate about the safety of Milk Bones for smaller breeds. This chew is designed to be 100% digestible. But some owners have flagged concerns about pieces of Milk Bone lodging in the gut and not being digested after 3 months, needing endoscopy to remove them.
And finally, know that although OraVet dental hygiene chews are the best-of-the-best, there are good alternatives available. If the price tag attached to OraVet chews makes you hesitate, rather than do nothing choose another option.
After all, the worst thing you can do is nothing!