Did you know some chews and toys for dogs are just too hard for their teeth? Especially real ‘tooth breakers’ which can even include animal bones and antlers. Here’s some guidance as to how you can work out if a chew will be suitable for your dog and how you can choose with care.
Dogs love a good chew and it’s good for them too.
But recent scientific research at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, supported by Mars Petcare, shows some dog chews and toys are just too hard. So hard, in fact, that they can actually lead to tooth chips and fractures – which can be agonising for your dog and lead to infection, reduced appetite and even tooth loss. 1
A Mars Petcare poll told us not all pet parents are 100% clear about the type of chews and toys which could damage their dog’s teeth3. So here’s a top tip to help you to avoid painful tooth breakers.
Next time you buy a chew treat for your dog, use this simple rule:
If you wince at the thought of biting down hard on your dog’s toy or chew yourself, it’s probably too hard for your dog’s teeth
Our nutritionists, scientists and veterinarians at Mars Petcare have been hard at work developing a whole host of better chews for dogs using the quality ingredients needed to support a healthy diet.
All of our chews are designed to be beautifully tooth-kind – with textures that have been developed with care and consideration to give your dog chewing pleasure and satisfy their natural urge to chew.