Science Behind the Treats
Seal of Acceptance
Bright Bites® recently obtained the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance. A series of rigorous testing protocol clinically proved that Bright Bites are effective in controlling plaque and tartar on the teeth. Specific requirements must be met in order for the board of the VOHC to approve the use of their seal. The requirements are listed on the VOHC website.
Plaque is a soft substance that rapidly forms on the teeth’s surface and can be brushed or scraped off. Tartar is a hard substance that forms when minerals in the saliva bind with the plaque on teeth’s surface.
Bright Bites were clinically proven to reduce plaque by 21% and reduce tartar by 65%.
Why Are the Numbers So Different?
Plaque begins forming on the teeth almost immediately after brushing or chewing a treat, whereas tartar takes time to form. When teeth are tested for plaque the day after feeding, plaque had already formed on the surface. The 21% reduction in plaque helps produce a 65% reduction in tartar. That’s the real story. Since tartar must be scaled off, a veterinary procedure including general anesthesia is required.
Because of concerns regarding the digestibility of various pet dental health treats, Bright Bites were put through a simulated digestion process at the University of Illinois in the lab of the renowned animal nutritionist, Dr. George Fahey. Dr. Fahey has developed a series of chemical baths that simulate digestion.
The treats were placed into the simulated digestion in one piece, as if the dog swallowed them whole. In reality, we would not expect a dog to swallow one of the Bright Bites whole. However, it’s possible for a dog to swallow a large chunk if eating quickly or if it thinks someone might take away the treat.
At the end of the 18-hour digestion period, the material left behind is what we would expect to leave the small intestine and go into the colon to be expelled as feces. What was left? Nothing*. The study proved the safety of Bright Bites is excellent without question.
For dogs that are “gulpers”, you should never feed treats or give toys that can be broken down into pieces that might be swallowed. Gulpers may swallow such a large piece that this piece gets stuck in the esophagus on its way to the stomach, which can cause choking. For this reason, we recommend that you do not feed Bright Bites to puppies less than 6 months of age and that you make sure your dog adequately chews Bright Bites. Young puppies tend to be a bit overenthusiastic about treats and food and are often gulpers. There are exceptions to every rule, but we formulated our feeding directions based on the average pet, not the exception.
*Based on results of a two-stage gastrointestinal digestibility study performed at the University of Illinois.
Please note that this information does not replace professional veterinary care. It is solely for educational purposes. Your pet’s medical condition should be evaluated by a veterinarian before any medical decisions are implemented. If there is a potentially life-threatening emergency involving your pet, take your pet to a veterinarian or veterinary facility immediately.