Are rawhides a good chew? Other ideas for dental health?
I just got back from the vet and I'm a little frazzled. I love my vet don't get me wrong- she's a really great, caring and smart woman. BUT she has warned me against feeding raw bones for risk of chipping teeth. I knew this would happen and I know how vets in general feel about raw diets but I do also take her concerns seriously.
Anyway, this was the first time Gracie has been to my vet since I got her in August and her teeth are pretty bad. They were scaled last summer but apparently many have already been extracted and she has some bad build up again as well as some fractures/chips. I really need to start brushing their teeth every single day.
She gave me a website with a list of products that have been approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) to consider in place of raw bones. The list is really small and it mostly filled with big name brands like Purina and Iams, and really only lists rawhides for chew options. I was under the impression rawhide isn't good for their stomachs. I used to feed bully sticks but since feeding raw bones have stopped. Are they a better option than rawhide?
What is a good, healthy chew option? I feed GetNaked dental sticks but am looking for more ideas. Preferably low calorie as well since Gracie is a pound overweight:rolleyes:. Or if you want to refute my vet's argument against raw bones I'm open to that as well :).