So why do veterinary dental specialists recommend the OraVet dental hygiene chews for dogs? OraVet dental hygiene chews work by disrupting the formation of plaque, so that it no longer sticks to the dog's teeth, and if plaque is left in contact with the tooth surface for more than three days, it hardens into tartar.
It is the combination of bacteria-laden plaque and mineralised tartar, that inflames gums and causes bad breath. It eventually leads to gum recession and tooth loss in dogs.
Plaque is a bio-film. In other words, it’s a sticky substance made up of bacteria and organic slime. Dog plaque removal is particularly important because plaque acts as a shield for bacteria, protecting them from antibiotics and disinfectants. 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 action of brushing dogs’ teeth.
Unlike many other dental chews, there is research data to compare the difference that OraVet dental hygiene chews make to your dog’s teeth, gums, and breath.
OraVet chews come in a variety of sizes, appropriate for different types of dog. To choose the right OraVet chew for your pet, go by their weight category.
For Extra Small Dogs up to 4.5kg Orange 28-pack
For Small Dogs 4.5kg - 11kg Blue 28-pack
For Medium Dogs 11-23kg Purple 28-pack
For Large Dogs 23kg Pink 14-Pack
Also available in packs of 3.
For this reason, OraVet can make a number of impressive claims about their dental chews, 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.
To test the effectiveness of OraVet dental hygiene chews, the results were compared with dogs who were fed just dry food without tooth brushing. The observations after giving one count of OraVet dental hygiene chews each day were:
Remember, these results were obtained with just one chew per day!
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