What is the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)?
The VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) officially launched in 1997 to help combat some of the most common dental problems of both cats and dogs. The organization, which is now recognized globally, consists of Veterinary dentists and scientists, reviews veterinary dental products to recommend whether or not to award the VOHC seal to the item.
The VOHC is not a regulatory agency and does not test products itself. However, the VOHC will award a product its “Seal of Acceptance” if the information submitted demonstrates the required dental efficacy. All submissions are voluntary, but the VOHC does require assurance by a company that a product awarded the VOHC seal is safe and meets all applicable regulatory requirements. The VOHC also requires the company to inform them of any problems with the product following issuance of the VOHC Seal.
It’s important to note, however, that the VOHC only authorizes use of its approval seal in regard to the product’s dental effectiveness and makes no certification, representation or warranty as to the product’s safety; in fact, a dental product will sometimes cause an intestinal upset or even injury. When that happens, the VOHC is not liable.
VOHC recommends that all of the products on its VOHC accepted list be used as recommended by the manufacturer and that treat products are given when the owner can observe the pet. Almost all cats (and dogs) 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.
If warranted, the 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.