I am often asked by my clients which dental health treats are best. Given the huge number of products available, answering this question can be difficult to say the least. I'm happy to now report that an organization known as the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) has made the task of choosing pet dental health treats and diets considerably easier.
According to their website, the VOHC exists to:
"recognize products that meet pre-set standards of plaque and calculus (tartar) retardation in dogs and cats."
These preset standards include specific protocols for proving the efficacy of a given dental product based on randomizing test subjects into control and treatment groups, using sound statistical analysis of results, and set means of scoring plaque and tartar accumulation.
Such protocols don't exactly make for exciting reading but they are decidedly a good thing. Our beloved pets are always best served when we can make informed, evidence-based decisions on their behalf.
A list of VOHC-recommended products can be found here. You can also simply look for the VOHC seal of approval on the packaging of dental products before you buy them.
Michael Bukowski DVM