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4 of the best dog dental treats in Australia

4 of the best dog dental treats in Australia

PetCulture got together with some of our trusted experts and advisory board members to pick the best dog dental treats as recommended by them and their dog.

The importance of dog dental health can sometimes be forgotten. Regular vet check-ups combined with at-home teeth cleanings, dental food and of course the trusty dental treats will help hold of dental decay and keep your doggo smiling.

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Our Top dog dental treat picks

1. Dentalife Large Dog Dental Chews

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Recommendation by our resident Veterinarian and writer Heather Lance.

Purina dentalife oral chews are a favourite of my dog, Pickle. The Veterinary Oral Health Council seal of approval gives me confidence to recommend these treats. Pickle really enjoys them, and he really has to chew them, which is great for his dental health. These are also a cost effective option for large dogs.

Likes:

  • Pickle enjoys them – good palatability
  • Proven clinical benefit
  • Take a while to chews

Dislikes:

  • None really, I recommend this product. Take note that it is not recommended for puppies under one year old.

Key Ingredients: 

Rice, Wheat Flour, Glycerin, Malted Barley Flour, Chicken By-Product Meal, Mono and Dicalcium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid (a Preservative), Calcium Propionate (a Preservative), Sodium Bicarbonate, BHA (a Preservative), BHT (a Preservative), Calcium Carbonate, Citric Acid

Life Stage: 

Adult

Breed Size:

Large


2. Greenies Original Teenie Dental Dog Treats

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Recommendation by advisory board member and human-animal Bond Expert Dr Michael Archinal.

80% of dogs over the age of 3 years have some form of dental disease. Greenies are scientifically proven to help reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar in your dog’s mouth and maintain a healthy mouth and fresh breath. I give them to my dogs on a daily basis.

Likes:

  •  Has the VOHC seal (Veterinary Oral Health Council). This means it has proven scientific benefits.
  •  Biometrically designed to be chewed on the region of the mouth that needs the most attention. Sizes are matched to the size of your dog.
  •  Cannot get stuck in the stomach or intestines if swallowed, as will dissolve quickly

Dislike:

  •  Some dogs will chew the treat far too quickly, which prevents it from providing any benefit at all. 
  •  They are costly. 

Key Ingredients: 

Wheat flour, wheat gluten, glycerin, gelatin, oat fibre, water, lecithin, natural poultry flavour, minerals (dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, magnesium amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, selenium, potassium iodide), dried apple pomace, choline chloride, fruit juice colour, vitamins (dl-alpha tocopherol acetate [source of vitamin E], vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate [vitamin B5], niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement [vitamin B2], vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride [vitamin B6], thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], folic acid), tumeric colour

Life Stage: 

Adult

Breed Size:

Medium

3. WAG Kangaroo Tendons Occupy Dog Treats

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Recommendation by VetChat founder & CEO Dr Claire Jenkins.

A dog treat that I recommend to encourage chewing and support a healthy mouth is a kangaroo tendon. This is a softer chew giving a reduced risk of tooth fracture when compared to harder chews such as bones and antlers. Most importantly, my dog Rex loves them! 

Likes:

  • Rex gives the tick of approval!
  • Chewing time helps the mouth and entertains
  • Less likely to fracture teeth compared to harder chews

Dislikes:

  • Still need to make sure size is appropriate, and remove when small enough to be swallowed whole
  • Not as good as daily brushing and cleaning!

Key Ingredients: 

100% Kangaroo Tendon

Life Stage: 

Adult

Breed Size:

Medium

4. Pedigree Dentastix Large Dog Dental Treats

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Recommendation by our Content Manager Scott Mullins

My dog, Indie, loves these dental treats, and she gets excited at the mere russell of the package. We were recommended these by our local Vet, one stick a day her teeth look better now than they ever did before.

While they can cost a little more than some of the other brands mentioned on this list, I’ve found something that works and that Indie enjoys chewing on, that’s why it’s my dental treat of choice.

Likes:

  • Soft texture is gentle on teeth
  • Flavour is loved by Indie
  • Not too strong smell (for us humans)
  • Pedigree have a range for different dog breeds, sizes and ages

Dislikes:

  • My dog chews through them fairly quickly. 

Key Ingredients: 

Cereal, starch, humectant, cereal protein, vegetable gum, minerals, sodium tripolyphosphate, meat and meat by-products (derived from poultry and pork), cellulose fibre, flavours, preservative, zinc sulphate and vegetable oil.

Life Stage: 

Adult

Breed Size:

Large

JK Growling likes the finer things in life (except wizards, don’t get her started). She only eats the bougie treats, loves showing off her tricks to the humans to get her bougie treats. 

She has one human: Delores, who she has wrapped around her little paw.