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Old 22-01-2013, 08:42 AM
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Dental sticks

How good are dental sticks for dogs teeth, do they work as I can not see me brushing my dogs teeth.
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Old 22-01-2013, 08:50 AM
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Re: Dental sticks

Dental Sticks in my opinion are a waste of money, they are very high in sugar and do not do alot to teeth as they are fairly soft aswell. You are better off buying some bones for the dog to chew or some other harder chews, there are alot on the market which are better than dental sticks. Also it is good to get your dog used to having its teeth brushed, as bones and chews wont keep them in perfect condition without the occasional brush.
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Old 22-01-2013, 09:53 AM
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Re: Dental sticks

My dogs have them but I'm making my own chews for them! Pig skin and tripe sticks etc
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Re: Dental sticks

Useless and a waste of money.

I brush my dogs teeth but there are other products that you simply sprinkle on their food such as 'Plaque Off'.
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Re: Dental sticks

Have to agree... mine used to have them years ago when they first came out I swear they would stick to the teeth :-/ No idea how they were supposed to work!

Talking to my vet about teeth he said that raw bones/ chews are good for the back teeth but not much will touch the front canines and little teeth (technical term!). He recommends brushing for the fronts which I don't do at the moment but thinking about it.
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Re: Dental sticks

They are not only useless but full of rubbish and actually dangerous. I gave them to my dogs some years back and the very next day my Lab was vomiting a liquid watery substance (not proper vomit) and had an obvious stomach ache. She was fine after that scare but Im certain some of that dental chew lodged in her intestines for a period of time (they take ages to digest).
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Re: Dental sticks

I usually think of them as eating haribos instead of brushing my teeth!
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Re: Dental sticks

There was a threaad sometime ago about the rubbish that is in dentastix, I tried them only th once way before this and bought one packet only and with mine it seemed to give them an upset stomach.

There are other things that you can use where you dont have to brush Like plaque off and logic. Although mostly something hard to chew seems to do the trick now with mine.

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Re: Dental sticks

My older dog won't eat hard things like stagbar etc.

Is there anything thinner and bit softer that might work like fish skins or same size and thickness as those wafer thin dental chews (broad but thin) but healthier?

I got pizzle sticks to try but she not interested, thinking they might tempt her as they smell meaty.. luckily JJ likes them. I've not tried tripe sticks.. what is tripe anyway? .. and do they clean teeth?


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Re: Dental sticks

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My older dog won't eat hard things like stagbar etc.

Is there anything thinner and bit softer that might work like fish skins or same size and thickness as those wafer thin dental chews (broad but thin) but healthier?

I got pizzle sticks to try but she not interested, thinking they might tempt her as they smell meaty.. luckily JJ likes them. I've not tried tripe sticks.. what is tripe anyway? .. and do they clean teeth?
Nothing will clean teeth like raw meaty bones - they're really the best things for the job.

If you don't fancy them though, rawhide chews are good at cleaning teeth, if you're happy to feed them - I know some people aren't. As are the Antos toothbrushes/crocs, cows ears, paddywack, pizzle etc.

Dried fish skins are good for teeth though, but they're extremely crunchy rather than chewy.

Tripe is stomach lining (usually a cows), and yes, dried tripe sticks are good for teeth cleaning - as are big fleshy chunks of raw tripe.
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