Are dental chews safe for puppies?

Dental sticks and other chews are a great way to help keep your puppy’s teeth clean and healthy. They are safe for puppies to chew on.

Our Charlotte veterinarians describe how to determine whether a dog dental chew is worthwhile to purchase, what factors we should take into account, and what safety precautions every dog owner should follow.

When to Give Your Puppy Dental Treats

It’s crucial to wait until your puppy is about 6 months old before giving him dental treats. Why? We’re glad you asked.

  • Your puppy has a tender tummy: Your little one is still growing and going through changes, especially in their GI tract. Introducing new foods could lead to messes on the carpet.
  • Puppy teeth are baby teeth: While they’re certainly sharp, your puppy’s teeth are not fully developed. Wait until their adult teeth come in and their jaw structure has had a chance to develop before giving them dental treats; otherwise they may damage their little chompers.
  • Due to these factors, GREENIESTM advises waiting until puppies are about 6 months old to give them dental treats. Asking your veterinarian is always a wise choice because this number will vary slightly depending on the breed and weight of your dog.

    Another important thing to remember is …

    How Dental Treats Can Help Your Dog’s Teeth

    Some dogs have a difficult time accepting tooth brushing. Dog dental treats may appeal to your pet more than a standard toothbrush, toothpaste, or mouthwash. And they do help keep your dog’s mouth clean.

    Treating your dog to something special is one way to show your love. That’s even better when the treats you offer are beneficial to your pet’s health. According to the American Animal Hospital Association 2019 Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, there are certain dental treats that can, in fact, help with your pet’s oral health. These are dental treats that receive the approval of the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC), which promotes dental products — including dental treats — for dogs and cats.

    The VOHC, which is overseen by the American Veterinary Dental College, recognizes products that have met or exceeded the VOHC standards for plaque control and tartar control in dogs and cats. Use of products containing the VOHC Seal of Acceptance can, according to the organization, help reduce the severity of periodontal (dental) disease in pets.

    There are two major categories of dental treats the VOHC has awarded with its seal. All of the examples below help minimize tartar.

    Rawhide chew treats, including popular brands such as:

    Edible treats, including popular brands such as:

    Alternatives to Dental Treats

    If you’re looking for something besides treats, some dog food is made with dental health in mind. In general, dry kibble is better for dogs’ teeth than canned food, especially the larger size. Additionally, the VOHC grants its seal to dog food intended to reduce plaque and tartar:

    Treats to Avoid

    Hard treats, such as antlers or synthetic or natural bones, that could potentially damage your pet’s teeth should be avoided, according to the American Animal Hospital Association 2019 Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.

    How long should dogs spend chewing?

    To get the most out of their dental chews, give your dog about 30 minutes of chew time each day.


    At what age can puppies eat Dentastix?

    Chews called Pedigree Dentastix are made to assist dogs over the age of four months with their oral health. They should be served as a treat in addition to your dog’s regular kibble or wet food because they are intended as a complementary pet food.

    How often should you give puppies dental chews?

    Dogs need daily dental care just like humans do to maintain a healthy mouth. One stick per day aids in removing bacteria before plaque turns into tartar. A regular schedule is also a great way to strengthen your dog’s bond. Giving dental sticks is best done after a meal; we advise doing so after breakfast.

    Can 11 week old puppies have Dentastix?

    For your dog who is older than four months old, Pedigree Dentastix Large Dog Treats are a complementary pet food or dog treat. Given that dogs seem to use their mouths to explore the world, biting on anything they can get their teeth on, it is crucial to take good care of your dog’s teeth.

    What chews to avoid for puppies?

    Unfortunately, ice cubes can be so hard that they can break your dog’s teeth, just like bones, antlers, hard nylon chew toys, and other hard chews. They can also present a choking risk for dogs, particularly if they have compromised or missing teeth.