Dental diets for your pet…who knew??
Plaque and tartar affect your animals just as they do your mouths. Once plaque has formed into tartar it can only be removed with dental instruments.
Dental diets are formulated specifically for reducing the amount of plaque and tartar that accumulates on the teeth, and in some cases may even prevent serious oral diseases.
Dental diets are nutritionally complete and balanced, but may not be right for every pet. These diets should not be a main nutritional source for animals that have special nutritional or medical needs, but should instead be used to supplement an established diet that is already meeting their specific nutritional requirements.
The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) has reviewed many of the foods and treats that are made for reducing plaque on the tooth’s surface, giving their seal of approval only to those products that meet the required standards that have been shown to control tartar and plaque in the mouths of cats and dogs. Look for foods with the VOHC seal (pictured to the right) on the package.
Dental diet foods and treats are available online, from your veterinarian’s office, and at local pet stores where prescription diets are sold.