February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Do you brush your dog’s teeth? Starting the first night we moved in with Mom, we each learned to have our teeth brushed. Our bedtime routine means that each of us brush our teeth before turning in. At our house, it is even more important than putting on our pj’s or taking our bedtime baths!It is just a fact that most humans don’t brush their dog’s teeth and that is a sad thing as dental health is important to the overall health of a dog, not just their teeth. If you get your puppy in the habit of brushing its teeth right away, they will love and accept it. Common excuses for not brushing a dog’s teeth are “my dog doesn’t like it”, “I don’t have time”, or “my dog is older and doesn’t like it”. Well, my mom started brushing her first dog’s teeth when Trine was around two. You have to start slowly and let the dog adjust. My sisters and I line up and wait for our turn as we really enjoy it. Sure the flavored toothpaste helps, but it feels good having a nice teeth and gum massage! It only takes a few minutes for each of us, and in the long run it saves time and money as we don’t need expensive teeth cleaning and we don’t have dental related health issues. Make sure you always use a toothpaste that is for dogs, not for humans and if possible use a brush for dogs as they clean a dog’s teeth more effectively. We use toothpaste and a brush from Doctors Foster and Smith.
Since dental health is important to us, we also have various chews and treats we eat or gnaw on to help keep out chompers in tip top condition. One tasty snack alternative we enjoy are the Kong Dental Chews! I never knew Kong made treats until Mom brought a few things back from BlogPaws last year. I recently got an email from Kong asking if I would like to review their Kong Dental Chews and I said yes. They sent me a couple to try out in the M/L size.
I really liked them. It took about four minutes for me to finish one off and I tend to be a slow eater. I had the Fresh Breath flavor and Mom said my breath was “absolutely kissable” after I finished my chew. I personally give these treats four paws up! That is a good thing! What does Kong have to say about their Dental Chews? They are designed to be as beneficial to teeth as they are tempting to dogs. These all-natural chews fight plaque and tarter buildup, inhibiting bacterial growth to reduce chances of gum disease. The vitamin-enriched formula is made only with healthy, human-grade ingredients. Designed to fit into a KONG, they’re available in three sizes and three delicious flavors–chicken, fresh breath and calcium—and are all made in the US with natural preservatives. KONG was founded in 1976 and is based in Golden, Colorado. They are best known for their rubber Kong toys. You may also remember that Bailie and I both purchased KONG harnesses to use as our Nose Work uniforms. KONG has lots of great products for your pup!
One other product we are starting to use to see how it works for us is PetzLife Complete Oral Care Gel. We have heard of this product before but never saw it until we were at the Pet Expo on the weekend. Mom bought a bottle of it and I will test it out for a month and let you all know how it works.
Disclosure: I received Kong Dental Chews from Kong to review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review and I receive no additional benefits for barking about the product or the company. The opinions in this review are my own, honest opinions.
Since I am barking about treats and edible oral care gel, I’m joining the Tasty Tuesday Blog Hop fun sponsored by Kol’s Notes & Sugar the Golden Retriever If you are looking for tasty ideas, take a look at what other dogs are baking and eating!