What does VOHC mean?

The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal gives you, as a pet parent, peace of mind that you are not only using a quality product, but one that is proven to be effective and safe for your furry friend. VOHC requirements are strict and include two categories of claims: Helps Control Plaque and Helps Control Tartar. Plaque is the bacteria-rich, soft layer that quickly forms on the surface of teeth. These bacteria cause gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and start the process of periodontal disease. Tartar consists of calcium salts from saliva that are on the surface of the teeth and form a hard substance. This is difficult to remove by chewing or brushing. Products receive the VOHC seal after a review of data from studies conducted in accordance with VOHC protocols.

Swedencare’s first VOHC accepted product was our ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder followed by ProDen PlaqueOff® Dental Bites and lastly ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder for Cats. We always aim to get more products VOHC accepted for our customers.When shopping for pet products, make sure to look for the VOHC seal to be sure you get products that serve to make a difference for your pet’s oral health! Swedencare is proud that our ProDen PlaqueOff® products have received the seal in both categories.

Powder for cats

ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder Cat, which contains the natural seaweed A.N ProDen®, efficiently and significantly reduces plaque and tartar formation as well as bleeding gums in cats. This is evident in two 30-day clinical trials in which 60 cats were randomly divided into two groups and given either ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder Cat or a placebo. In the studies, plaque was reduced by 37%, tartar build-up by 67% and bleeding gums by 61% after 30 days of use compared to the placebo group.

Powder for dogs

The VOHC studies were designed to determine the impact of ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder on the oral health of dogs. The test was conducted on 7 different breeds with a total of 30 male and female dogs. After 30 days of oral administration, ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder significantly reduced plaque and tartar accumulation and gingival (gum) bleeding compared to the placebo group. The mean reduction in plaque was 32% for plaque, 35% for tartar and 67% for gingival bleeding.

Dental Bones for dogs

The basis for the VOHC approval of ProDen PlaqueOff® Dental Care Bones for small and large dogs was a blinded, controlled, randomised, unicentre trial. 3 studies with 30 dogs in each, where the dogs were divided into 2 groups, each consisting of one control group and one receiving Dental Care Bones. All groups receiving Dental Care Bones showed significantly improved oral health compared to the control group, with up to a 50.4% reduction in plaque, a 69.4% reduction in tartar, and a 92.7% reduction in gum bleeding.