Healthy dental chews for dogs

by lobobrandon

Healthy dental chews for dogs aren't hard to find, you just need to know where to look and how to pick them - so choose your chews well!

For those of us who have and will always want to give our pets the best, picking the best dental chews for dogs has always been hard. That's the reason we need to spend time and pick wisely. After all, it's just the first time that's hard, from then on you know what would work out and what wouldn't, and moreover - you'll know what your dog loves!

Also, let's take a look at why dogs chew and the reason they need chews. If you're just interested in knowing more about chews, feel free to jump on to the section of your choice.

Why is my dog Chewing on everything when I leave?

Has your dog being chewing on furniture and other household accessories the moment you leave a room? Or maybe even in your midst...

If you're one of the lucky people who could boast of having a dog as a pet, you would surely know that dogs love to chew on stuff. An obvious question that would have crossed your mind a couple of times, if not everyday, would be - 'Why does my dog chew on everything it gets it paws on?'

However, you need not worry if you notice your dog chewing on stuff, because,  it's natural and a sign that your dog is energetic and inquisitive. Just as we humans use our hands to feel and explore our surroundings, our canine friends use their mouth.

Usually dogs chew on stuff when they have nothing better to do, however there are plenty of reasons that could lead to excessive chewing, and this article is going to help you prevent excessive chewing and at the same time give you an insight into what you could do to make your dog live a happier life - since a pleased dog would definitely have better things to do than sit around and try to get a bite off your mobile.

Of course dogs are going to keep themselves busy by finding new things to get into their mouths; however, not all dogs do it - all the time! Some of the most common reasons that could lead to excessive chewing by your dog’s include:

Inquisitiveness - Everyone loves to explore new stuff and learn new things. Similarly, whenever dogs come across something they haven't seen before, they'll try to poke their nose through and get to it - literally! But, this doesn't last long; as, they're just getting acquainted to the new gadget or accessory that's entered their territory.

Sheer loneliness - On careful observation, you will notice that your dog tends to chew on stuff when you're not in sight more than when you're around. When they're left alone they have nothing else to do other than please their natural instinct which is chewing - they have no TV's, computers, mobiles or play stations to keep themselves occupied.  What else could you expect them to do? 

One of the best ways to get a dog to stop chewing on everything at home is to give them chews. There are plenty of different kinds of  chews available and dental chews are the best if you want to take care of your dogs oral health at the same time. 

Why do dogs chew on stuff? Take a look at some of them

Babies love putting things into their mouth, similarly dogs love to chew on stuff.
I love noodles too! A dog busy chewing on a lace
I love noodles too! A dog busy chewin...
Hmm... That looks yummy!
Hmm... That looks yummy!
I have nothing else to do, you left me all alone :( Might as well find something to explore and chew on
I have nothing else to do, you left m...
I'm all locked up and have no where to go! This is how I feel when I'm all alone in the backyard
I'm all locked up and have no where t...
I want to be free! I need place to move around - this is what your dog tries to tell you.
I want to be free! I need place to mo...

Does your dog or puppy chew on furniture and other articles?

When I say other articles I include footwear, children's toys, paper or just about anything else that they manage to get into their mouth.
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When dogs chew on stuff, it isn't exactly a problem and this article will explain why as well as different ways to prevent them from doing just that.

Why do my dogs need chews

There are plenty of reasons - right from teething to exercising as well as dental care


Just like every dog owner out there, you too may have wondered – ‘Why do dogs love to chew on bones and toys?’ Well, there’s a simple biological fact that answers our long sought question which says “It’s all in their genes!” As you know, dogs have been tamed from wolves and chewing helps dogs develop in many ways.

Puppies and young dogs, just like babies go through a teething phase. Babies have loads of beautiful and colorful teething rings to ease their pain. However, puppies don't usually have something to chew on, and this is the reason they nag at anything that fits into their mouth. Hence, in order to provide your puppies with a happy growing environment, you should try getting them some chews or just about any toy that they could chew. Dog toys are really cheap and you're dog would benefit immensely.

Oral health in dogs is something that you need to keep a close eye on. If neglected it could lead to irreversible problems in dogs as young as a year old. One of the best ways to overcome oral health problems is by brushing the dog's teeth and visiting the veterinarian every now and then. The dog chews available these days are either in the form of bones or just rawhide. In addition to these usual kinds of dog chews, you may have also come across compressed vegetable based chews for dogs. 

Basically, there are plenty of different kinds of chews; however, your main aim should be to find some that help maintain the oral health of your dog and at the same time keep them happy. Hence, whenever you buy dental chews for dogs, make sure that you're looking out for ones that hep reduce tartar and also plaque on the teeth. 

Safe dental chews for dogs

Whenever you shop for dental chews, you need to make sure that they're safe for your dog, let's find out how


There are plenty of factors that you need to consider when buying chews for your dogs, irrespective of what advertisements say, such as:

Size

When it comes to safe dental chews for dogs, you would need to stick to a size that your dog could easily chew on, not too small that it would get choked and neither too large that your dog can't put it into his mouth. Therefore, when buying chews search for chews that are ideal for your dog and not just the breed. Puppies would benefit from smaller chews whereas larger dogs of the same breed would enjoy the bigger chews.

Nutrients

Some chews are just like biscuits and give dogs an opportunity to munch on something and at the same time fill their stomach - or at least satisfy their hunger for a short while. But, there are quite a few dental chews that are packed with healthy nutrients which would help your dog in its overall growth and well-being. But, if you're feeding it well and are sure that you're providing him/her with everything, then, there's absolutely no need to buy the nutrient packed chews - unless you want to give them a try.

Greenies Dental Chews

As the name suggests, they are amazing dental chews and they certainly help maintain oral hygiene in all dogs. However, make sure to feed your dogs the correct size of chews. There have been complains of dogs choking on chews and I'm sure you've heard about similar stories.

Dogs can be compared to humans. If you feed a baby Pistachios or Walnuts they'd certainly not be able to chew on it; instead, they would get choked trying to swallow it. Similarly, you need to ensure that your dog is getting chews of the right size. 

The Greenies Small pack of dental chews are meant for dogs up to 15 pounds so, if you're dog fits into this category you could try feeding your dog some of these and you'd notice the difference. Do come back to let us know!

Greenies Dental Chews for Dogs, Teenie Pack, 96 Chews [For SMALL Dogs]

Feed your dog a tasty treat that’s also good for his dental healthy. Greenies Dental Chews are filled with high-quality, easily digestible proteins that break down into easy-to-swallow bits with vitamins and minerals.

$27.99  $22.74

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Greenies Dental Chews for Dogs, Large, Pack of 17 [For LARGE Dogs]

These chews are meant for large dogs

$25.99  $22.73

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C.E.T. HEXtra Premium Oral Hygiene Chews

The results witnessed after trying this dental chew were amazing and tartar that was once present completely disappeared. However, there was one drawback with these dental chews that made the Greenies chews seem a whole lot better.

When we're talking about dental chews in this article, we're also trying to find a solution to the long asked question - 'Why is my dog chewing on everything?' However, when fed these chews, dogs literally pulverize them within minutes if not seconds. So, once they're done they're back out searching for something to chew on. 

Therefore, if you're just looking for healthy dental chews, these ones should work pretty fine, but, if you need both health and a solution to the chewing problem, the Greenies chews last longer. People do say that the Chlorhexidine System present in these chews is fabulous; it surely does its job. But, with one try we can't say much. 

This is what others have to say about it:

C.E.T. HEXtra Premium Oral Hygiene Chews [For SMALL Dogs]

The patented Chlorhexidine System to help remove plaque and reduce tarter. The antiseptic system combines with the Chews’ natural abrasive cleansing action to freshen breath and keep teeth clean. Chlorhexidine is released into the oral cavity during

$9.49  $8.95

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C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Large Dogs, 30 Chews [For LARGE Dogs]

This is meant for large dogs

$14.49  $12.50

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Get Naked Dental Chews for Dogs

If you've given Greenies and C.E.T chews a try and notice you're dog finishing them too fast, yet not contempt, you could always try the Get Naked Dental chews as they've got a high density in fiber which is both good for your dogs and in addition to taste it would also somewhat fill their stomachs. They are dental chews and hence help remove tartar and maintain oral hygiene. 

Chewing of some of these treats helps ease teething pain and doesn't damage the growing teeth. Bones are benefited as well, especially in growing dogs - because, they do have high calcium content as well.

Each of these packs are different when it comes to qualities and content, so choose well. There's no harm in trying out various combos, but, you may know what your dog likes and that would help you make the right choice.

The Green and Yellow pack basically contains substances that help maintain the overall oral hygiene of your dog. And as already mentioned they're high in fiber too.

The pink pack (Puppy health Dental chews) contains calcium which would not just help your puppies grow strong bones, but also healthy teeth. These chews are delicate and perfect for puppies as they assist all through the teething process.

Finally, the Orange Pack is a blend of natural fruits as well as veggies, so if your dog doesn't mind these blends it's definitely worth a try.

Get Naked Low Calorie Dental Chew Sticks for Dogs, Small/6.2-Ounce, 18 sticks/Pack

Get Naked Low Calorie Dental Chew Sticks are part of a synergistic product line that helps control proper weight. Pet owners love to treat their pets but there are few treats av...

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Get Naked Super Antioxidant Dental Chew Sticks for Dogs, Small/6.2-Ounce, 18 sticks/Pack

Get Naked Super Antioxidant Dental Chew Sticks are part of a synergestic product line of immune health line of treats and supplements that are fortified with superfoods for good...

$8.99  $7.98

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Get Naked Gut Health Dental Chew Sticks for Dogs, Small/6.2-Ounce, 18 sticks/Pack

Get Naked Gut Health Dental Chew Sticks are part of a synergestic program of treat and supplements fog good gut health. Prebiotics helps condition the gut, which helps promote t...

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Get Naked Joint Health Dental Chew Sticks for Adult Dogs, Small/6.2-Ounce, 18 sticks/Pack

Get Naked Joint Health Dental Chew Sticks are part of a synergistic product line of treats and supplements that are uniquely formulated to help relieve joint pain and inflammati...

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Get Naked Puppy Health Dental Chew Sticks for Puppies and Dogs, Small/6.2-Ounce, 18 sticks/Pack

Cognitive development begins at a young age for a puppy just as is does with people. Puppies have nutritional requirements that cannot be met with adult food, which is why we fe...

$8.99  $7.98

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Dental chews for dogs with allergies

Most of our dogs are allergic to something or the other. It's not often that we know about these allergies. However, if you do know about any substance that doesn't agree with your dog, make sure to check out the ingredients that go into the making of the particular dog chew that you're ordering. 

Some dogs are allergic to chicken and there are quite a few chews that contain chicken as a main ingredient - you'd have to stay away from such chews. Not that they're bad, there are some delicious chicken chews out there, but, it's just not going to be the right choice for a dog with allergies. 

Don't worry much about it though. There are plenty of dental chews for dogs with allergies, the ones listed above are pretty good and most dogs are fine with them. But, there are the usual exceptions. People have realized it and switched over to something that agrees with their dog.

Natural dental chews for dogs

Like most dog owners you too would be on the lookout for natural dental chews for dogs. There are plenty of people from whom you could buy homemade dental chews. However, if it's not easy to find someone in your locality, you could always search for some online. 

Most of the chews manufactured by companies just like the ones mentioned above claim to be natural. But, I always do have a doubt about them being natural as they contain added ingredients. Then again, home made chews too would have added ingredients for them to act as dental chews. 

I found a good answer on Yahoo Answers regarding home made dental chews; I guess you'd find it useful too.

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Photo Credits

The Cute Thumbnail Picture
I'd like to thank littlefishyjes for the picture of the cute dog, I'm sure there couldn't be any better picture to begin with.

Buzzfarmers - For the picture of the dog chewing on a shoe
All dogs love to chew on stuff, it may even be your favorite sports shoes!

Updated: 07/24/2012, lobobrandon
 
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katiem2 on 07/22/2012

The greenies are amazing, our dogs love them and they are so good for them. Thanks :)K

lobobrandon on 07/14/2012

Haha! I'm sure that's the reason. Sorry for the late reply, never got a notification

Marko on 07/04/2012

Good article! Fortunately my dog has stopped chewing furniture and slippers/shoes few years ago - but I give him bones or chew sticks regularly (OK, maybe this is the reason why...).

lobobrandon on 06/13/2012

Chew bones or frozen bones too are great. If you don't have chews any nice stick would do, but you'd have to make the dog want it somehow. Maybe play fetch :)

dustytoes on 06/13/2012

Good advice for the dog owner. I only have cats but will be dog-sitting my daughters dog for her this summer. That dog chews like mad. I'm collecting chew bones to give and this has given me some help. I want them to be the right ones. Thanks!

lobobrandon on 06/12/2012

Thanks Katie, that would really be frustrating coming home to chewed furniture legs. Adding a bitter spray was a very smart idea since it wouldn't harm the furniture, but only prevent the dog from chewing on it :)

I'm sure your dog is happy and contempt and glad that he's still going strong :)

katiem2 on 06/12/2012

Great article Brandon, very impressive and packed with amazing tips on the best chews for dogs.

My dog once chewed on my very ornate dining room table leg. I never saw him doing it but new it had to be him of course. First one leg then two and I was really annoyed and besides myself as to how to get him to stop. Finally an older pet owner, who had years of experience, advised me to buy a can of spray deodorant and lightly spray it on my table legs. An ingredient in this product taste very bitter and is easily cleaned off once the dog stops chewing. This works really fast as once the dog tries to chew the leg or item they instantly get a very bitter taste in their mouths. This stops the chewing quickly and without stress. My dog has since never chewed on any furniture and has lived a healthy happy life, he is now 14 years old and still going strong.

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