The VOHC® Seal of Acceptance

Helping to Control the Most Common Disease in Dogs and Cats

Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)

The VOHC Seal is awarded based on pre-set standards. Click Protocols for more information on the strict standards that must be met.

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Meaning of the VOHC Seal

VOHC authorizes the use of the VOHC Registered Seal on products intended to help retard plaque and tartar on the teeth of animals.

Products designed to be chewed by animals may occasionally cause intestinal problems or injury if not appropriate for the animal, if not used as intended by the manufacturer, or as the result of some other cause.

Ingestible Chew Treats:

Chew treats often come in different sizes. Please be sure that you feed the right size product to your dog, and observe the dog the first few time that she or he is given the chew - do not continue to give the chew if the dog takes one bite and swallows it - chews work best when the dog obtains at least a couple of minutes of chewing time when given the chew.

VOHC is not liable to any person for any loss or injury of any type that occurs from the use of a product sold under its Registered Seal.

When VOHC authorizes use of its Registered Seal, VOHC makes no certification, representation or warranty as to safety and certifies only that, upon application for the right to use the Registered Seal, the product met VOHC’s Standards for effectiveness in retarding plaque and tartar when used as directed. VOHC makes no other certification, and no representation or warranty of any sort, in connection with any product sold under its Registered Seal.

VOHC is not a regulatory agency. Submission of results of clinical trials to VOHC on behalf of a product is voluntary. If the data submitted demonstrate the required dental efficacy, the VOHC Seal of Acceptance is awarded to the product. As part of the submission, VOHC requires assurance by the company that a product awarded the VOHC Seal is safe and meets all applicable regulatory requirements, and requires the company to inform VOHC of any problems with the product following issuance of the VOHC Seal. VOHC will take action if FDA or other appropriate regulatory authority finds fault with a class of products or a specific product that is included in the VOHC Accepted list.

VOHC recommends that all of the products on its VOHC Accepted list are used as recommended by the manufacturer and that treat products are given when the pet can be observed by the owner. Almost all dogs and cats enjoy the chewing action and taste of palatable treats, and typically spend a few minutes chewing the product rather than bolting it down whole or in large pieces. If your pet does not chew the product thoroughly, discontinue use of the treat.


The VOHC Seal of Acceptance system is endorsed by these international veterinary dental organizations.

VOHC®, Veterinary Oral Health Council® and the VOHC Seal® are registered marks owned by the American Veterinary Dental College.