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What's with these Denta Stix?


The boys love Denta Stix. I'm not sure why but whatever they've got in there....the doggie version of catnip or something...my dogs go crazy over them. However, the boys do eat goose poop whenever they can access it and moths, when they're in season, so nothing really surprises me.

What did surprise me though is how nice Bruiser's teeth are. Rocki isn't a good test subject because he doesn't actually chew anything...he breaks it into tiny pieces and swallows. I'm not sure how to teach him to chew, but that's another story...

I did have chicken-flavored toothpaste the vet gave me as well as a little finger brush. I tried brushing the dogs' teeth in the past, but they were more interested in eating the toothpaste and chewing the finger containing the brush rather than letting me scrub their teeth. So when I took Bruiser to the vet one day, the vet commented that he had a lot of plaque on his teeth. I shuddered...how much was his dental bill going to cost down the road? I had to do something.

So we tried different kinds of cleaning bones but the dogs turned their noses up at them. Then one day I found Denta Stix and thought what the heck? Let's give them a try. Well, the dogs actually dance and leap around for Denta Stix and promptly run off in separate areas of the house to devour their treat. Bruiser wolfs his down, although chewing is involved. Rocki takes his time, so in the picture Bruiser is actually waiting for Rocki to turn his head for a split second so he can sneak in and grab the Denta Stix. But the plaque on Bruiser's teeth is gone, so whatever is in those things is actually working. Now to get Rocki to understand the concept of chewing...


Comments

Anonymous said…
Thanks, my shihtzu enjoys the paste more than the brushing! I just got a pack if denta stix and she loves them! I'm just glad it cleans her teeth!
Anonymous said…
My Shih tzu loves these too! It is the only treat he likes to save for later. He tries to "hide them" and eat them when we are not looking.
Anonymous said…
Did you ever figure out the chewing part? I've got a Shih Tzu who is also lost at that concept, I'm curious to know whether anyone's ever figured out how to "solve" that dilemma! She never listens when I tell her to chew her food, just ignores me entirely while she focuses on her treat!

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