February is Pet Dental Month and to celebrate, we’re bringing you the five natural chew treats that can help prevent canine dental problems. Our dogs’ mouths are actually cleaner than ours, and less prone to cavities compared to us humans. However, it’s still important to clean our pets’ teeth regularly. Annual dental cleanings starting age one are also highly recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association.

To ensure your dog will not suffer from dental diseases that can lead to life-threatening infections, give him or her the following all-natural chew treats:

1. Bully Sticks

Giving your pooch a bully stick is a delectable way to promote healthy teeth and gums. This tough, long-lasting chew treat is one of our best sellers! Not only does this help get rid of that nasty doggy breath, but it also reduces depression and anxiety in dogs. What makes this extra special is the fact that no additives or harmful coloring were added. It’s just pure beef muscle, slow cooked in its own juices so your dogs can enjoy the flavor without any weird chemicals.

2. Peanut Butter Filled Dog Bones

Bones and peanut butter? Your dog couldn’t be happier once he gets his paws on this mouthwatering treat! If you’re looking for nutritious chews that can keep him occupied for a long time, this filled dog bone is your answer. While the peanut butter is a good source of protein and heart-healthy fats, the hard bone can keep tartar and plaque buildup at bay. Your dog will have a wonderful time getting the delicious filling out of the bone.

3. Esophagus Straps

Your dog shouldn’t miss out on a treat that looks a bit like that beef jerky humans are so fond of. If you feel your dog is scheming about feasting on your Jordans, don’t waste another minute without these ultra delicious, nutritious beef esophagus straps. Not only will you be keeping him away from your precious shoes, but you’ll also be helping to promote his dental health. This treat is also a good source of chondroitin, a substance that’s responsible for keeping your dog’s joints healthy.

4. Pig Ears

Tired of the dental chews on the aisles that have scary sounding ingredients printed on their packaging? Order a bulk of pigs ears from us instead! Your dog is going to have the time of his life chewing on pig ears that clean his teeth and eliminate awful dog breath. Additionally, the cartilage found in pig ears is a source of glucosamine which has anti-inflammatory properties that help pets who have joint pain. So, if you want to hit two birds with one stone (not literally, of course!), a pig ear for your dog is a wonderful choice.

5. Beef Tendon Dog Chews

We simply love our canine pals and can’t bear the thought of them chewing on treats that come from mysterious sources. That’s why we created the single-ingredient beef tendon dog chews for your furkids. If your dog adores our bully sticks, you won’t regret giving beef tendons to your dog as well. Chewing on this succulent treat helps in naturally scraping your dog’s teeth clean and relieves him of stress and anxiety. Unlike rawhides, they’re 100% digestible so you won’t have to worry about blockages in your pup’s stomach.

Practical Dental Care Tips

Now that you know which treats can help your dog with his dental hygiene, here are some ways to ensure his teeth and gums are in tiptop shape:

  • Choose dry food over wet food. Aside from brushing your pooch’s pearly whites, you can opt for dry kibble which is less likely to stick to his teeth.
  • Visit a veterinarian regularly. Just because you brush your pet’s teeth religiously, it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t need a check-up every six to twelve months. Your vet is a professional and will be able to spot anything unusual in your dog’s mouth that you might have missed.
  • Start dental care early. You don’t have to wait until your pup is a year old to start cleaning his mouth. A damp cloth wrapped around your fingers can greatly help in scraping those stubborn food particles stuck in his teeth.
  • Learn how to brush properly. Just like with humans, there’s a technique to brushing your pet’s teeth properly. The brush should be at a 45-degree angle. Make sure to brush in tiny, circular motions.
  • For a more dazzling smile, don’t forget to check your pet’s mouth at least once a week. Take a look at his gums and teeth closely. Gums shouldn’t be swelling and have a pinkish tinge, not red or white.

Did you know that about 80% of canines and felines age three and over suffer from some sort of dental disease? Don’t let your dog become part of the statistics! Make sure to regularly clean his teeth, buy him treats that are good for his dental health, and visit a professional once every six months to keep his teeth and gums in excellent shape.

What steps do you take to avoid gum infection and bad breath in your dogs? Please share your tips in the comment sections below. We’d love to hear from you!