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Post by Nifty staffy on Mon Apr 30 2018, 09:44

I’ve noticed that store shelves are packed with boxes of dental chews (various brands), often in convenient monthly packaging with the “one a day” recommendation.
I remember reading here that these chews were probably very inefficient to clean teeth as often eaten in a record time.

Just wondering what was used before this huge marketing craze ?
Raw bone or rawhide chews maybe ?

I’ve decided not to give those yak milk chews as they are very hard and I’m afraid of broken teeth whilst eating them !


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Post by gillybrent on Mon Apr 30 2018, 10:56

I'll take them one by one.

1. Yakkers (Yak Milk) are hard, yes, but you can put them in the microwave for a few seconds (keep an eye on them) and they puff up like honeycombe.
2. Rawhide - NO!!!!! Rawhide swells in the stomach, so if a dog manages to chew off & swallow a large-ish piece, it can cause a blockage. Plus, the way they are cleaned leaves nasty chemicals in them.
3. Bones are only good for teeth if they have lots of meat attached. It's the pulling off of the meat that cleans the teeth, not the bone itself.
4. Try Whimzees. They're pressed vegetables so they're good for them & help to keep teeth clean!

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Post by Nifty staffy on Mon Apr 30 2018, 17:53

Yakkers du puff but then occupational time for consumption is in freefall from tens of minutes to tens of seconds Laughing

I thought rawhide treatment problems were concerned the white/bleached rawhide, not the caramel-coloured ones

I’ll have a look at whimzees, thanks for the suggestion


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Post by gillybrent on Mon Apr 30 2018, 18:32

Nifty staffy wrote:
I thought rawhide treatment problems were concerned the white/bleached rawhide, not the caramel-coloured ones

No, the problem of swelling is the same. But the only one I would ever entertain would be one made In the UK. The colour makes no difference.

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