Dental health for dogs, as for people, starts with a healthy, balanced diet and regular care. Dogs can't brush their own teeth but you can help them out with that (using dog toothpastes ONLY!) and provide them with safe, natural bones to chew which can help reduce tartar buildup. Another fun way to cut through dog breath is with edible dental chews. Not all chews are created equal, so "chews" the one that suits your pup (ha, see what I did there?).
February was Pet Dental Health Month so naturally I had Cooper test out these Blue Bones Natural Dental Chews as part of our commitment to the chewy.com blogger product reviews. We received a generous package of "Regular" sized bones which are intended for dogs 25-50lbs. Since the Mini and Small would have been better options for Cooper, he got *1/2 Regular. *Next time, he will get a whole one (no more than once a week) because it was challenging for him to leverage just one side of the bone.
Ingredients: Whole Ground Potato, Whole Ground Rice, Water, Vegetable Glycerine, Gelatin, Peas, Carrots (source of Vitamin A), Beet Juice, Sunflower Oil (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Oat Bran, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Chicken Flavor, Blueberries, Dried Parsley, Alfalfa Meal (a source of Chlorophyll), Calcium Carbonate, preserved with Citric Acid, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (a source of Vitamin C), Zinc Propionate, Vitamin E Supplement, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Taurine
Cooper had no trouble digesting the bone, it did not leave him with any worse breath, but I don't know that it necessarily improved his breath or the condition of his teeth. Potatoes are the first ingredient and I have read that carbs such as potatoes break down easily into sugars which could actually contribute to a decline in dental health. That being said, I am satisfied with the quality of the ingredients in these dental chews, especially as compared to others on the market. They are also Made in the USA! And Finn did not partake since these bones contain rice and are not a grain-free option for my little guy. Not to worry, I started brushing his teeth a few weeks ago :) (see the Daily Dog Blog Facebook Page for a darling video)!
Take care of and LOVE your dogs <3