Are cat dental treats worth it?

Dental treats may be an excellent addition to your cat’s oral health routine. In this post, our Huntersville vets explain the benefits of chews and recommend some of the best dental treats for cats.

What benefits can are there to dental treats for cats?

Though regular brushing and visits to the vet are critical to your cat’s oral health, dental treats are a convenient and easy way to augment her routine. These small biscuits can help keep common dental issues at bay. Dental treats can:

Eliminate bad breath

Cat owners often complain about their furry friend’s bad breath. This would indicate that your cat’s teeth are in need of a thorough cleaning. Another culprit may be a potential gastrointestinal issue. Treats that list chlorophyll as an ingredient will help freshen your cat’s breath.

More than just a terrible smell, bad breath is caused by bacteria that can enter the bloodstream and lead to heart disease if left untreated. This is why you should see your veterinarian if you’ve noticed chronic bad breath has invaded your cat’s mouth.

Control plaque buildup and tartar

Plaque and tartar can build up on your cat’s teeth and lead to several potential oral health issues, including bleeding gums. Eventually, periodontal disease may set in and cause gum recession and tooth loss.

Tartar control treats with bacteria-fighting enzymes can help you and your cat win the battle against dental diseases and plaque buildup.

Promote clean teeth and overall well-being

Saliva is produced naturally when cats chew. This acts as a defense against plaque and other dental bacteria, keeping their teeth clean and preventing issues that accompany dental disease.

Best Dental Treats for Cats

Emerald Pet Feline Dental Treats

Not sure which cat dental treat to begin with because your four-legged companion has a sensitive stomach or food allergy? Emerald Pet Feline Dental Treats may be the option for you as they have limited ingredients - no gluten, grain, dairy or soy. Plus, they come in a number of flavors and have less than 2 calories per treat.

Feline Greenies Dental Cat Treats (Oven-Roasted Chicken Flavor)

Many cat owners like this treat, since it comes in a few flavors and is great for cleaning teeth, as well as reducing existing tartar buildup on your cat’s treats.

These treats have a natural formula with vitamins, minerals and taurine added to support nutrition. They also come in catnip, tuna and salmon flavors.

Prime Taste Treats Dental Choice (Chicken Flavor)

The chicken flavor and natural ingredients in these treats will give your furry friend a yummy experience and leave him with fresher breath. Plus, it encourages good oral hygiene. This one also comes in tuna flavor.

Remember: Dental treats don’t mean you shouldn’t have your cat’s teeth professionally cleaned! They are simply a way to help keep your cat’s oral health in great shape - along with brushing at home and visiting the vet for your cat’s regular dental checkups.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your dog due for an annual dental exam? At LakeCross Veterinary Hospital, our vets provide complete veterinary dental care for dogs in the Huntersville and Mecklenburg County. Book an appointment today, to learn how your dog's dental health could be improved.

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