Being a dog owner can be a very confusing job when it comes to feeding your dog the right foods. Mixed messages on packaging and between different brands can make choosing the right product a scary task. To try and break it down, we’ve created the below list of important foods to avoid, which can lead to plaque and tartar build up on your dog’s teeth.

  1. Wheat
  2. Rice or potato based dental sticks
  3. Treats with fillers
  4. Kibble
  5. Leftovers

Wheat is a grain, which is a complex carbohydrate made up of starch which turns into sugar and fat. Just as humans should avoid eating lots of sugars for dental health, our pups need to avoid them as well. Bell and Bone healthy dental sticks and healthy dog treats are grain free for this reason.

Rice and potato based dental sticks are filled with starch. Foods which are heavily starch rich have the tendency to stick to your dog’s teeth, which is detrimental for the build-up of plaque and tartar. When purchasing dental sticks (or any dog food/treats) avoid products which are filled with starches and sugars, as they could in fact be one of the causes of gum or dental disease, rather than the solution! A great alternative is sweet potato, as it has far less sugar than a white potato and contains more antioxidants and vitamins.

“Fillers” is a term used to describe ingredients in pet food/treats which has little or no nutritional value. They are essentially ‘empty calories’ which aren’t providing any real benefit to your pup and can lead to unnecessary food consumption. When Bell & Bone created our Freeze-Dried Range, we made them with only 5 ingredients, to ensure that everything inside the treats was purposeful and provided health benefits for your dog.

Our tip? If you read the back of the packet and don’t understand or know a bunch of the ingredients, don’t feed it to your dog. Try and incorporate only healthy, raw and nutritious foods into their diet.

One common myth, is that kibble can help clean your dog’s teeth. Dry/crunchy kibble can have the effect of removing some of the soft plaque and food particles which have stuck to your pups’ teeth, however it’s not effective at removing the harder plaque which can form tartar, particularly which forms around the gum line. The gumline is where plaque and tartar can be most dangerous, as it can lead to gum disease and tooth decay in dogs.

One of the key issues with feeding our pups leftover or table scraps, is that it can lead to overeating. Most of the time this food isn’t calculated into your pups daily dietary needs, and as such can lead to your dog becoming overweight, which comes with an array of detrimental health concerns. A healthy and nutritious diet is not only important to dental and mouth health, but to dogs overall health and wellbeing.

Bell & Bone Dental Sticks are grain free, have no fillers, and made with 100% natural ingredients. We did this to create a solution, and help combat the incredibly high rate of dogs who do develop gum or dental disease. If you have any questions please always email me at info@bellandbone.com.au and ill help in any way I can! Love Arianne