Puppies and young dogs love to chew on bones, or really, almost anything. They need to chew, so you can give them challenging tooth-cleaning bones and they'll love them - even though they don't know their primary purpose.
But as your pup ages, she may not be attracted to these same bones. Her jaw, teeth, and gums may not be up to the challenge of, say, a younger dog's Greenie Dog Treat. She still needs the chewing activity, but doesn't really want it.
Looking into the issue, I found two dental chews expressly made specifically for senior dogs that both have very positive reviews from dog customers and their owners: GREENIES Senior Aging Care Dental Dog Treats and Ark Naturals Brushless-ToothPaste. So, here's what each product provides:
The Greenies for seniors are 50 percent more flexible than regular Greenies, so there is resistance to chowing down, but not enough for your dog to break a tooth on them. Like Greenies other dental bones, the Aging Care Greenies have many supportive ingredients for the health of your dog - not just to support healthy teeth and gums, but also for joint health and immune system support.
The main ingredient in Greenies is wheat gluten which contributes to the Greenies' generous protein content, but it also contains wheat flour. So, if your dog is on a gluten free diet, you might want to consider just giving him one bone a day or every other day, which doesn't amount to a lot compared to the rest of his diet. In any case, the ingredients are all natural and supportive of your dog's general health. Note that the green color is not food dye; it's green tea extract!
GREENIES Senior Aging Care Dental Dog Treats come in Teenie, Petite, Regular, and Large.
Ark Naturals makes a variety of wellness products for dogs and cats. Its line of Gray Muzzle products caters to senior dogs and its Brushless-ToothPaste is a softer version of its ToothPaste chew for younger dogs. The Gray Muzzle chews come in small/medium and large sizes. All of the Ark Naturals Brushless-ToothPaste chews have fantastic reviews - they do their jobs!
Ark Naturals Gray Muzzle Brushless-ToothPaste has abrasive ridges on the outside of its spool and a softer, toothpaste-like freshener on the inside, as you see below:
Ingredients in the Gray Muzzle Brushless-ToothPaste contribute primarily to dental health. They go after plaque, tartar, and bad breath and are: rice flour, oat fiber, natural flavor, calcium bentonite, dicalcium phosphate dihydrate, monoglycerides, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flax oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), spearmint, sodium bicarbonate, cinnamon, clove, citric acid (a preservative), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, glucose oxidase, alfalfa (source of chlorophyll), and rosemary extract.
Dogs may have 1-2 of the ToothPaste rolls per day.
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