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Old 04-15-2009, 07:51 AM   #1
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Confused I need help finding a dental chew that's safe for my girls

HELP! Any suggestions? All the ones that I've found are full of corn, wheat, soy, wheat gluten, and chicken. My girls can't have any of these things. When I did try some Hartz dental treats on them, they got all itchy They were full of corn But they DID help their breath a lot!

I brush, use petzlife, and they eat their DVP grain free kibble. WHY do they have poopy breath then?!?! And no, they do not eat their poop

There has to be a dental treat out there somewhere! I can't give them bully sticks anymore, they fight over them and plus they don't even help at all anyway.

*sigh* Perhaps I'll need to make our own dental treats somehow? I'd be willing to try that if anyone has a recipe.

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I give Noelle the Nylabone Nutri Dent Dental Chews. They come in a small size and she really loves them. Her breath doesn't smell bad so it's probably due to those. Have you tried them yet?
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Thanks Haven't tried those yet, I'll have to go to the store and read the ingredients. Before I knew how dangerous Greenies were, I used to give them to my first Yorkie girl Her breath never stank, but now I won't even consider giving those to my girlies. I'd be too afraid of them choking I have to find something though, they are KILLING me with that stankmouth
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A good old regular beef bone is best if you ask me...Mine all love them I buy them by the case loads.
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Have you considered or looked into Zukes Z-Ridge. I have yet to try them for my puppy, I should get some this weekend.

Here's the ingredients for the Original Fresh Breath

Potato Starch, Vegetable Glycerin, Cellulose Fiber, Alfalfa Concentrate (a source of Chlorophyll), Natural Flavor, Lecithin, Whey, Vanilla Extract, Clove Powder, Parsley Powder, Nutmeg Powder and Fennel Seed Powder.

I don't know if any of those ingredients bother your pups.

Zukes Z–Ridge – Dental Bones for Dogs

I hope this helps!
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What about just plain old bully sticks? The braided ones from Westbrookdog.com really seem to clean the teeth, as there is all sorts of gaps and groves for their little teeths

Ryder's are getting super clean now that he's been in jail for two weeks with nothing to do but chew bullys
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Have you considered or looked into Zukes Z-Ridge. I have yet to try them for my puppy, I should get some this weekend.

Here's the ingredients for the Original Fresh Breath

Potato Starch, Vegetable Glycerin, Cellulose Fiber, Alfalfa Concentrate (a source of Chlorophyll), Natural Flavor, Lecithin, Whey, Vanilla Extract, Clove Powder, Parsley Powder, Nutmeg Powder and Fennel Seed Powder.

I don't know if any of those ingredients bother your pups.

Zukes Z–Ridge – Dental Bones for Dogs

I hope this helps!
OH, those sound good, I don't think that any of those ingredients will make them itchy! Thank you so much I didn't see any of those in the store today, just the soft Zukes treats. I'll have to find some online and see if they help. I'll report back
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What about just plain old bully sticks? The braided ones from Westbrookdog.com really seem to clean the teeth, as there is all sorts of gaps and groves for their little teeths

Ryder's are getting super clean now that he's been in jail for two weeks with nothing to do but chew bullys
I'm thinking of maybe trying those again. The thing is, they will fight over them, even if there are 10 of them, Izzy wants to own every single one It's the only treat/chewie that sets Luna off when Izzy tries to take it Anything else and she just comes and "tells" on her sister, and cries for a new cookie Bullies just bring out the animal in both of them Maybe we can try separate rooms or something!
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I'm thinking of maybe trying those again. The thing is, they will fight over them, even if there are 10 of them, Izzy wants to own every single one It's the only treat/chewie that sets Luna off when Izzy tries to take it Anything else and she just comes and "tells" on her sister, and cries for a new cookie Bullies just bring out the animal in both of them Maybe we can try separate rooms or something!
I felt bad, because after I responded, I read your op and saw that they fight over them. Bad babies!! I only give mine their bullies in their crates, or Ranger won't settle down until he gets his baby brother's

Quick question- do they always have bad breath or is this a new thing?
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A good old regular beef bone is best if you ask me...Mine all love them I buy them by the case loads.
Do you feed them as is? Are they messy? I've bought the "finished" bones before at the pet stores, they are just white. They weren't too thrilled with them, I guess there's no flavor left in those Then I bought some that were near the meat dept. in the grocery store, but they stank so bad (they were smoked-looking and brownish) and both of the girls got upset tummies from them, so I tossed 'em

Do I just ask for them at the meat counter? Why does this have to be so danged difficult?!
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OH, those sound good, I don't think that any of those ingredients will make them itchy! Thank you so much I didn't see any of those in the store today, just the soft Zukes treats. I'll have to find some online and see if they help. I'll report back
You know I couldn't find any at Petco but I did find some in the smaller stores. You might want to check out some boutiques or smaller food supply stores.

I hope those work for your babies.
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I felt bad, because after I responded, I read your op and saw that they fight over them. Bad babies!! I only give mine their bullies in their crates, or Ranger won't settle down until he gets his baby brother's

Quick question- do they always have bad breath or is this a new thing?
So mine aren't the only greedy little piggies

They've always had bad breath They both had retained puppy teeth removed when they were spayed, so that's not it I really should brush their teeth more, I do it twice a week at least, but they HATE it and it's especially hard with Miss Luna because her mouth is so darned small. They also both get spritzed with PetzLife. Their teeth appear to be pretty clean, though they could be better. I hate to have a dental done on them (they've had two so far) and it doesn't seem to help anyway, their breath still stank after those dentals, and I hate putting them through that anyway Not to mention that I just cannot afford the expense. I don't think it's anything medical, as they had the BEST breath when I was giving them the Hartz dental biscuits. I was so disappointed when they started itching, then I read the box and realized they had corn in them.

I'll look for those Zukes bones, and try to be better about brushing their teeth more.
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You know I couldn't find any at Petco but I did find some in the smaller stores. You might want to check out some boutiques or smaller food supply stores.

I hope those work for your babies.
Thanks I'll have to check out a few places when I get the chance. Might be cheaper for me to order online and save the gas, because the few doggie boutique type places that I know of aren't close to me, except for one. I suppose I could call them though
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Snickers loves the Zuke's ZRidge...but they are expensive!! Make sure you get them the small/mini size. I know 3 dog bakery carries them, many stores around me only have the soft treats as well. Snickers is on a grainfree diet so I limit how often he gets them. He goes through them fast, there are three flavors: Fennel, cranberry, and carrot. And they don't bleed onto the carpets Funny that bag of 15 at 3 dog costs 15 bucks but at my feed store, only like 5 bucks!
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Snickers loves the Zuke's ZRidge...but they are expensive!! Make sure you get them the small/mini size. I know 3 dog bakery carries them, many stores around me only have the soft treats as well. Snickers is on a grainfree diet so I limit how often he gets them. He goes through them fast, there are three flavors: Fennel, cranberry, and carrot. And they don't bleed onto the carpets Funny that bag of 15 at 3 dog costs 15 bucks but at my feed store, only like 5 bucks!
Wow, what a difference in the price I'll check some feed stores around here by phone, thanks for the tip!!!
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