Many manufacturers and retailers of dental chews for dogs and cats claim it will help reduce plaque and/or tartar.
- Greenies Dental Chews:
Unique texture fights plaque and tartar
These treats are clinically proven to promote oral health by reducing plaque and tartar buildup.
The Kirkland Signature:
The chews are two-sided, with a groove and multiple levels of ridges and nubs to help clean teeth and reduce plaque and tartar from a variety of angles
Similar claims are made by other products such as:
Milk Bone Brushing Chews make the bold claim that it's "as effective as brushing*" (with an asterisk)
The Feline Greenies brand claims to clean teeth
- Emerald Pet Feline Dental Treats claim to support clean teeth
- Purina Dentalife (for cats) makes a few claims:
- Allows tooth to penetrate for an effective clean
- Scientifically tested to reduce tartar buildup
- Seal of approval from the Veterinary Oral Health Council (is this organization reputable?) with a claim that it helps control tartar.
- Temptations cat treats claim to help control tartar
Are these claims true? Do dental chews reduce plaque and tartar in dogs and cats?