° Is it easy for Fido to chew?
° Does it leave a mess when being chewed?
° How dog-safe are the ingredients?
° How does Fido’s breath smell post-chew?
Whimzees All Natural Dental Treats For Dogs
Price: $26.95 for 24 pieces
How it works: Made with natural ingredients, this vegetable-based dental chew has ridges to remove plaque and tartar build-up. There are no added chemicals, wheat, gluten or meat byproducts, making it safe to munch on. One chew per day is recommended.
Verdict: The chew did not leave a mess when being chomped on, as there were no product fallouts. It also did not leave a stain on the cream-coloured bed. Dolly chewed it with ease, but did not finish it. Upon taking a whiff of her breath, the usual bad odour had been greatly reduced.
Smartbones Rawhide-free Dental Dog Chew
Price: $4 for one piece; and $8.50 for eight mini pieces
How it works: SmartBones Dental Chews offer a similar texture and oral health benefits as a rawhide chew—all without the actual use of rawhide. The grain-based outer layer is made with corn, sweet potatoes, peas and carrots, and the ribbon layer on the inside is made with dried chicken. It's also fortified with vitamins and minerals. These chews come in four different sizes to cater to the varying jaw sizes of each pooch.
Verdict: Our little tester had no interest in this chew at first as it smelled like mint instead of something delectable. However, she soon brought the chew back to her bed to munch on, and could not stop. This chew left no residue and was a breeze for her to sink her teeth into. It left her breath smelling minty fresh.
For the full article with reviews of four dental chews in total, flip to Tried and Tested (pg 30) of our Oct-Nov 2016 issue!