It would be easier if dogs could brush their own teeth, but since pet owners are responsible for their dental care it’s up to us make sure they are plaque-free. Some dogs, like mine, want to playfully chew up the toothbrush and fidget around while you’re trying to get the job done–making it dog oral care extremely difficult. Scooby gets a dental treat every day at lunch time because the rest of us are eating and if he’s going to eat too, it needs to be a beneficial snack.
When VetIQ (sponsors of this post) contacted us to try Minties, a new lower-cost dental treat that is the type recommended by vets, we agreed to try it. Why not? Between allergies, camp and top-of-the-line dog food, this dog costs a luxury car payment every month.
The other reason we were interested is because Minties are soy, wheat and corn-free—which is currently helpful as we try to narrow down what our dog is allergic to. They also don’t have artificial flavors or animal by-products. Does he like them? Yes. Sitting next to that bag up in the post photo above was like torture.
Natural Ingredients That Fight Bad Breath
Each Minties Dental Treat contains five natural ingredients that work in your dog’s mouth and stomach to promote fresh breath and reduce unpleasant odors:
- Mint promotes minty fresh breath.
- Parsley contains enzymes that help break down odor-causing particles in the stomach.
- Dill helps inhibit bacterial growth and helps prevent early stages of gingivitis.
- Fennel helps control bacteria and is a natural breath freshener.
- Chlorophyll from alfalfa balances acid levels in the stomach and helps deodorize your dog’s body.
If your dog has severe bad breath, it’s always a good idea to take him or her to the vet.
Benefits Of Dental Treats
1. Chewing: The more chewing a dog does, the more plaque he removes from his teeth. Minties take longer to chew than the competing brand which sometimes, I feel, goes down in 2-3 bites.
2. Bad breath: A dental treat temporarily causes dog breath to smell minty fresh. The odor is caused from bacteria build-up in the mouth that dental treats are thought to help.
3. Dogs like them: What dog doesn’t like a snack, though I will tell you that mine is picky enough to decline things.
Chew On This
Most vets and pet experts suggest that your dog chew on something for at least 30 minutes a day in addition to dental treats and brushing, especially small breeds that have crowded teeth. Find rubber or nylon chew toys, or rawhide or a knucklebone for dogs to chew on. The upshot is that this also keeps them entertained.
Where To Find Minties
VetIQ products are available at traditional retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kroger, Kmart, Costco and Rite Aid. We don’t spare expense on our dog, but if I don’t have to spend more, that’s all the better.
Does your dog eat dental treats? Do they help?