Small dogs are prone to dental disease because those tiny mouths can get crowded, allowing tartar to build up between teeth. As much as you brush with doggy toothpaste, you may never be able to reach every tooth. Chewing bones keeps your dog’s teeth clean and prevents oral infection and dental disease.
Why Raw Meaty Bones Are Best
Most dog bones – plastic, rawhide, smoked, dehydrated, chews like pizzles and pig ears – can help clean your dog’s teeth when she chews, but they all have different health risks. None of them are meant to be a part of your dog’s diet, and they don’t tend to be very nutritious.
Raw meaty bones are completely digestible. They’re also the most effective at reducing bacteria in your dog’s mouth. Raw bones have been found to reduce oral bacteria by 79%, compared to brushing, by 70.3%, bully sticks, 60.2%, and VeggieDent chews, 54.6%.
Like all bones, raw meaty bones can cause choking and blockages, especially if you do not supervise your dog while she chews, and if you choose bones of the wrong size.
In my experience, nothing cleans my dog’s teeth like a raw meaty bone.
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