SwedencareUSA Earns Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal for Dental Bites
Following the results of two clinical studies on dogs, SwedencareUSA’s ProDen PlaqueOff Dental Bites were found to significantly reduce the formation of plaque and tartar, the company reported. The studies were performed by DVM Ph.D. Jerzy Gawor, president of Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations and president Elect of the European Veterinary Dental College. The results were the base for an application submitted to Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seeking the health claim seal “helps control plaque and tartar.”
“VOHC acceptance has become an important indicator in the efficacy of pet dental health products,” said Martin Shimko, president of SwedencareUSA in Poulsbo, Wash. “We are pleased to have a formal study showing these excellent results. We know that pets love the Dental Bites, and now pet owners can to, knowing that there is science behind the product.”
The studies were done on two groups of dogs, one group with small dogs, and one with small and medium size dogs. Both groups of dogs were divided into two subgroups, one that received ProDen PlaqueOff Dental Bites and one that received a placebo with identical composition except that it did not contain the active ingredient, the alga, Ascophyllum nodosum.
Before entering the study all dogs were controlled to be healthy and their teeth were cleaned to remove any tartar and plaque. The dogs were given the product for 30 days and after this, the presence of plaque and tartar was measured. In both groups receiving ProDen PlaqueOff Dental Bites, there was significant less plaque and tartar, according to company officials. The mean reduction in plaque index was 40 percent and the mean reduction in tartar was 38 percent after using the active product for one month compared to the placebo group, officials added. The full (90 day) studies will be formally published at a later stage.
ProDen PlaqueOff Dental Bites provide an easy way to help prevent bad breath, plaque and tartar in dogs and cats. As with the entire line, they are grain, gluten, additive, sugar and artificial preservative free as well as vegetarian. ProDen PlaqueOff Dental Bites come in two sizes. The 60-gram bag is intended for cats and small dogs, while the 150-gram bag is tailored for larger breeds.