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All dog owners know how important it is to keep our dogs teeth clean and for several years now the market has been flooded by all sorts of chews and toys to help us do this task. I think like most other owners we work our way through most of the better known brands on the market trying to find a good one to suit both what we want from the product and also that our pet enjoys.
These chews are funny looking, they are long pale brown sticks with groves around the outside, the grooves are meant to help remove plaque from your pets teeth as it chews the chew. I think that would possibly work but these chews are so soft that Alf gets through them in seconds barely chewing anything. The sticks are around 20cm long in length and are low in fat.
The inside of these chews is a darker colour and I think this is the part that has the flavour in it, obviously having never tried them I am not sure! I do not really see the point of this unless you had a very fussy dog, but ours would happily eat the outside without the flavoured centre.
These chews are made by Bakers and are available in Supermarkets, Amazon, Pet shops and many more. They come in packs of Beef and Chicken each with 7 sticks inside.
The 7 pack of chews retails for around £1.79.
I really see these more as treat chews than teeth cleaning ones, they are just eaten way to fast to do much to his teeth. He does appear to enjoy them, but with out dog sadly that does not mean much, to give you a better understanding of this, our will sit for his medication that must taste horrid and he happily eats them no pressure. So I really can not judge too much how good something is by his wiliness to eat it!
As such I am not really sure how much to give this, I am around the 3.5 mark because they are not really a good chew and are fairly expensive.
I recently bought these as a treat for my three Spaniel boys. As serial chewers they have excellent teeth and oral hygiene, so I bought these primarily as a treat, and if there were added benefits of dental care then that was a bonus. I'm always looking out for treats that will last longer than a quick gulp, so I thought if these are designed for chewing then hopefully my dogs would spend a bit of time eating them. The sticks are approximately six inches long, with a red coloured centre, running through the chew like a stick of rock, and are surrounded by a beige coloured, plastic-looking substance with raised lines which make it look like a cog when viewed side on. . They look very artificial and reminded me of something that was made by Lego or Mecanno and wouldnt look out of place in a box of childrens building blocks.The boys always know by the tone of my voice when I call them for a treat so they were already very excited when I reached them a stick each. Very unusually for them, they hesitated before tucking in.One seemed not to like his at all and let it drop - then looked at me for a tastier alternative - meanwhile one of his bros snatched the one he'd left. I would not buy these again - my dogs are healthy enough and a treat should be an exciting experience - which these obviously were not. Thanks for reading.
My dogs love these treats and I used to buy them quite regularly but they seem to be getting more and more expensive in my two main local supermarkets and I refuse to pay so much for a treat that will be gobbled down in a couple of minutes when there are cheaper and better value for money treats available.
I usually pick a couple of packs up when they're on offer or whenever I spot them in Poundland as my local store sells a range of Baker's products. A 270 gram pack of seven large treats retails at around £2.09 - not too bad if you only have one dog but seeing as I have four dogs a pack lasts for two days at the most. There are also small and medium sized versions which are slightly cheaper but as my dogs are large breeds I buy the large as a medium one would be swollowed whole I think!!
The treats are classed as chews but they're very soft so don't recquire much chewing unless you have a puppy or perhaps an old and fragile dog. The chews/treats come in a plastic packet which is blue with red detailing on it and the Baker's logo. The product name and brand name are written clearly on the front of the pack and it is clearly stated how many treats the pack contains and which size of dog they are suitable for.
The packaging also has a large picture of the chews making it clear to the consumer what the chews actually look like. The front of the pack has several boasts such as 'tasty cleaning action', 'low in fat' and so on. Nutritional value as well as the ingredients are listed on te back and each treat contains cereal, a low percentage of meat/animal derivatives, minerals, vegetable protein extracts, yeast, oils and fat as well as several vitamins. There are two flavours available - chicken and beef.
The packet is easy to open - simply tear the corner. It is not re-sealable which is not a disadvantage for me as my dogs eat the whole pack of chews within two days but if you are going to have the packet in your home for a few days the smell does start to become noticeable so it's a good idea to transfer them into an air tight container. I do this whenever I chop the treats up into chunks to make them last longer as they stink of meat.
The chews themselves are long and slightly rounded. The texture is firm while still being quite soft and they can be broken in half or cut into pieces very easily. The outer is quite thick and the inside is a crumbly meaty filling which can be a little messy but we have wooden floor so it is easy to clean up. My dogs all love these treats and sniff like mad and do all sorts of tricks to get one. A whole chew will last for around 3 minutes which isn't great but they're good as an ocassional treat for my dogs.
Overall I do recommend these but as they are not great value for money or long lasting I have knocked one star off.
As all owners of dogs should be aware, it is vitally important to help keep your pooch's teeth as healthy as possible in order to minimise the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, tartar build up and other nasties from developing. There are tooth pastes marketed at dogs but alot of pooches will not abide a brush rootling round their mouth and scrubbing at their gnashers; including my own usually angelic dog who put up such a protest that I'll admit I soon gave up on the idea and looked for other alternatives. She gets rawhide chews regularly and they seem to do a cracking job but when I saw these new treats marketed for being dental friendly and effective due to their innovative shape and design I decided to give them a go, Pedigree do a version but it was the Bakers variety that I tried out first.
The treats come in a range of sizes to suit different dogs, for instance the medium sticks are aimed at dogs weighing from 10kg-25kg; my own pooch is a German Shorthaired Pointer and is quite a petite girl for her breed so medium is usually what we opt for. The treats also come in different flavours, I have seen both chicken and beef options on the shelves; we've tried her with both and her own preference seems to be the beef, though she will happily chow down on either she seems to attack the beef with that bit more gusto. The dental sticks remind me slightly of jumbones as they have a crunchy hard outer layer and a softer meaty middle, the treats have long ridges in their shape and I suppose it is these that are designed to clean the teeth, acting with slight abrasion on the tartar when chewed. Each pack comes with 7 sticks and you can pick them up for the reasonable sum of £1.85 from Pets at Home which is where I do most of my shopping for the pets.
Whilst they are a good idea I've found that my girl can finish the whole thing in a matter of minutes; it takes her no time at all to gulp it down. Now she is a serial treat destroyer but I still expected better and they don't really act as the boredom breaker I'd hoped; I'm not sure that they even work on her teeth - I think that because she eats it so quickly it probably doesn't have time to even begin working on her teeth. For dogs that take their time I imagine that the dental sticks would fair better, my princess obviously thinks they're tasty by how fast she demolishes them but as for her teeth I can't say I've noticed much difference. For the fight against plaque I think I'll stick to rawhide in the future as that takes her a lot longer to chew and she can't get through it nearly as quickly.
I have a westie and a chihuahua and I like to give them treats now and again - but I prefer to try to make these treats as healthy as possible. Something I do buy them fairly regularly is Bakers Dental Delicious which are treats which are also good for their teeth.
These are soft chews which come in a variety of meaty flavours, but certainly the most readily available, and the flavour I usually buy, is the chicken flavour. A packet which contains 7 of the chews costs £1.69 from Tesco - which equates to 24p per chew, which now I come to breaking it down, is actually fairly expensive for a doggie treat that really doesn't last very long at all. They come in foil pack which helps to keep them fresh, and this packet can be resealed which also helps to keep in the freshness (not that they stay around in my house long enough for that to really be an issue!).
These snacks apparently are nutritionally healthy as they are low in fat and salt, and they also help to promote good oral hygiene. Anything that helps to keep their gums and teeth healthy and strong is fine by me. Obviously, I have no evidence as to whether this actually works to improve their dental health, but I can say that both of my dogs have overall good health, including dental health.
The best judges of these snacks are obviously my dogs.....and they seem to approve. They do both woolf them down and seem very happy to receive them. However, I have to say that they really don't last very long and usually a couple of minutes after being given one each then the chew is no more. I would like for the chews to last a little longer - especially considering the price. Having said that, they do seem to enjoy them and they don't end up with me finding little bits of chew around the house.
I was given these by a friend, ordinarily I would not buy any Bakers treats as I feel they are sull of sugar and cereals and do not have anything nutrious for the dog.
Not liking to waste things either I decided the dogs could have the treats. They are about 20cm long sticks which have ridges along the length and a soft filling in the middle.
They certainly did not last long at all and were gone in a matter of 3 minutes.
They had no overpowering aromour and the dogs were only interested at the russtling noise as I was getting them out the packet instead of sniffing the air as they do with other treats.
They certianly did not go over excited when they realised what treat it was, unlike some treats they really like.
I wouldnt buy these again as I do not feel they did mych on the dental way as they were hardly ridged to be able to massage the gums and the dogs didnt go mad over them either.
Denti Stix are a beter option and at the same price no difference in buying them. They only come in one size unlike the denti stix which are diffeent sizes for different dogs. These come in one large size only. Not great for little dogs!
My 8 month old staffordshire bull terrier/ shar-pei cross is very spoilt and I am always buying him new treats. I like to give him a large chew a day designed for teeth, but suprisingly he is very fussy about this (I say surprising because he eats everything else). I have tried a number of brands to no avail- he just leaves them!
I saw these in Wilkinsons priced at £1.30 for 7 chews- the ones I purchased were for medium dogs of 10-25kg and advertised as 'flavoured with beef' and 'low fat'. They come in a handy resealable bag to keep them fresh. It was, however, only after I had given him the chew I noted the 'not suitable for puppies under 9 months' in small print so blind panic set in- this is something I have never seen on dog treat packaging before, 4 months yes, but 9 months? As an inexperienced dog owner I was also unsure about the guidance to 'adjust main meal accordingly'- exactly how much of his food should I remove? I found it's information very vague!
I'm pleased to report no adverse effects on Rafael, but am still curious as to why the age is set so high. Back to the product, I found it quite hard to believe it has a great deal to offer in the dental department because it is not what I would call a 'hard' chew, which of course would assist tartar removal. Bakers claim it is the shape of the chew that removes the tartar build up. I have to say that Rafael loved this dental chew, so much it possibly only remained in his mouth approx. 5 seconds! Unlike other dental chews, it didnt leave any mess, but didn't freshen his breath at all, just made it meaty!
On a plus side it does appear to contain a broad range of vitamins and minerals, which has got to be a good thing! I would also say that it's packaging is made up of a variety of vibrant colours which certainly makes it stand out on a shelf and it's price is as competative as other leading dental chews, so overall, I would buy them again because he clearly loved the taste, but will continue to buy rawhide chews for their hardness
After a recent vet visit I discovered that my collie that needs a bit more care taken with his teeth as he is 8 years old now and his breath was beginning to smell bad. I had tried to use different products to help this as there is no way he would let me go near his mouth but nothing helped. The vet advised me to get him these dental biscuits.
They cost me 6 euro for a packet for 12 in my vets but I'm sure you could find them cheaper in pet shops. You should give one of these sticks a day to your dog to help keep their teeth healthy and strong. They consist of an outer layer which is brown and chewy and this layer cleans the dogs teeth. It has lots of groves in it so it is desgined to get into the nooks and crannies in their mouth.
The centre of this treat is meaty and my dog really seems to enjoy it. His breath doesnt smell minty fresh after it but I am confident that it is helping to remove plague and keep his teeth clean after inspecting them myself.
They can be a bit expensive to give everyday so I just give my dog half of one everyday and I think it does just as good. I would highly recommend these to any dog owners especially if you have a more mature dog who is prone to bad breath like mine.
Our dog Mampi Swift is a beautiful Staffie and to be honest he's a little spoilt, like most pets he's become an important addition to the family and looking after him is great fun, he loves to be groomed and bathed but you also have to look after a dogs teeth and whilst shopping in the Co-op I came across a packet of these Bakers Dental Delicious for £2.05 which I thought he might like for a treat and also because they help to keep the dogs teeth and gums clean.
You get seven little sticks of that are chewy and have a meaty centre, you can get chicken flavour or meat flavour, so thinking this would be good for him I bought it and brought it home for him to try.
You can give the dog a chew once a day as an addition to their daily food intake, it is not advised to give them more than one and by chewing them the dog gets the benefit of healthier teeth and gums.
The dental sticks are about four inches long and these would be good for a small dog to chew on, with Mampi being a staffie he has very powerful jaws and the stick that I gave him disappeared within about five seconds flat.
He just chomped it and swallowed it and sat up looking at me as though to say, " that was nice can I have another one".
These sticks claim to remove plaque from a dogs teeth but to be honest the stick didn't even have time to touch the sides of his mouth before he had devoured it, so for a breed like a Staffie or a bigger dog I wouldn't recommend these as they really don't have the time in the dogs mouth to do any good.
Having said that if the dog was a small terrier then I think the stick would be able to be chewed by the dog, I think it is a good idea for the dogs to have these and will be looking for another size or a chunkier dental chew for mampi, but for now I don't think I will be buying any more of these as it's just a waste of money for this breed of dog.
Here is another doggy dental treat I've tried!
I tried these as they advertise as being low fat whilst also being healthy for dogs teeth, two in one really?!
When I buy them, I always get the chicken flavour... which I think is best for my dog.
I buy these treats from Pets at Home, you get 7 sticks for £1.80 which I think is quite reasonable!
This works out at about 25p a stick... which is 25p a day if you feed your dog one a day!
Each stick has a soft meaty centre, which doesn't get all over your carpet! That's always a plus in my opinion. As some other meaty treats I've tried leave a mess on the floor and fabrics, I was pleased to see a clean living room when my dog had finished chewing his way through a stick happily on the front room rug!
The sticks are a fine size for my small dog, although I don't think they'd last very long with large dogs! So I can't see them being much use for large dog's teeth when they don't like 2 seconds!
The oils and fats content is lower than other dog treats I've tried, so I'm happy that the 'low fat' statement is somewhat true!
Meat and Animal Derivatives (min. 10% Chicken),
Vegetable Protein Extracts,
A minimum of 10% Chicken? Wow that is impressive compared to Bakers complete dog food which contains just 4%!!!
Protein 16%, -- Quite a good amount of protein for a doggy treat!
oils and Fats 4%,
Vitamin A 5,000iu/kg, Vitamin D 500iu/kg, Vitamin E 50mg/kg
I am happy to feed my dog a treat which I know has good contents! I don't tend to give him one a day as I try so many different treats... if I gave him one of each a day he'd be very unhealthy haha!
The packaging; ....
The packaging is uniform to Bakers others treats, so easily recognised!
The treats come in sticks of 7 in a reasonably sized pack. Some of the packs I've bought are re-sealable, other times they aren't! But it really does help being able to reseal a pack as it avoids the sticks going hard and keeps them fresh!
The treats also come in beef flavours at the same price... there are no other flavours! Not much of a variety! Id definitely recommend buying the chicken rather than the beef as beef is a cheap meat and can sometimes upset dog's stomachs'!
Or you can buy them in a pack of 28 containing both flavours costing £6.84.. Which works at around 24p a stick. Not much of a saving but it saves you from buying the packs frequently and is useful for if you have a few dogs!
I would recommend buying these treats as they are quite cheap... although there are a lot of treats to choose from, including other dental sticks and these aren't my favourite.
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We are a household with 4 dogs, which can be very hectic at times.Itis also expensive caring for 4 dogs, even though they are all smaller breeds.
One thing I am very strict on is that I like them all to have a denta stick every evening after they eat, that way I know I am keeping their teeth in a good condition, or the best I can do, anyway!
The trouble is that our dogs only really eat wet dog foods. We have been trying to introduce the bakers gravy bites, which some of them will eat a bit of here and there. The trouble with wet dog food is that there is no crunch and so it does nothing to help clean the teeth and this can cause the dog to be more prone to tartar around the teeth.
I would lobe them to eat the dried foods so that their teeth are in the best possible condition, but what can you do when they wont eat. We did try tobrush their teeth, but no one enjoyed that, including myself.
I want their teeth to be kept well for a number of reasons including the dogs welfare as well as vet procedures and costs.
Due to all of this we give each dog a denta stick every single day. I don't mind which ones they have and usually buy whatever is on offer or at the best price. They all seem very similar in size and shape. The only difference with these ones is that they have a different centre. The middle part of the chew is slightly softer and meaty, so I guess it makes the dogs chew through more than others.
The dogs definately like these more than other brands they have tried. the trouble is they are one of the most expensive dental chews about, so they have here and there as a treat.
A pack of 7 chews costs around £1.80 or you can get a larger pack of 28 for roughly £6.80. The trouble is when you have to buy 4 lots per week, this gets quite expensive and you can pick up a 7 for 99p most of the time, with other brands, so by comparison these are quite pricey.
I think these are a great way of keeping your dogs teeth in good condition. but i do think they need to lower the price a bit.
I sort of wish i hadn't discovered Bakers Dental Delicious sticks.
My dog Lucy had quite a tough start in life and as such is a little on the mard side, specialising in 'no-one loves me' looks which of course make me want to give her nice things (dog-friendly nice things). We actually tried the Pedigree Dentastix first but switched to these as they used to be cheaper than Pedigree (no longer the case, they are around the same price now, although sometimes on offer).
They come in a choice of chicken or beef flavour (not sure there is a difference). As recommended on the pack, i give her one of these per day.
Unfortunately i started giving her this daily treat when i got home from work, which over time developed into her wanting nothing else but a 'dentastick' as soon i walked through the door (she jumps around next to the cupboard they are kept in), and now assumes she can have one every time i return from going out. She even knows the word and goes to sit by the cupboard when i say it.
I dread to think what would happen if i ran out. I don't think these actually make much difference to Lucy's teeth or breath and the Pedigree ones do seem to do a better job in that respect (certainly less bad breath) but dentastick time is the highlight of her day and i'm now destined to be down £1.79 a week as i couldn't bear to cut her off now.
*What are Bakers Dental Delicious?*
These treats are a fairly new product by the Bakers Complete company who are well known for their popular range of dry dog food for dogs from puppies, adult and then through to senior. Bakers is produced by the Purina company who also own Felix, Go-Cat, Bonio and Winalot.
*The product itself*
Its just as important for dogs to keep their teeth clean as it is for us, but it can be a huge problem trying to persuade a dog to have their teeth brushed- and even if you get them use to it from a puppy, most dogs still really detest it and you end up fighting a loosing battle, especially if, as in my case, that little puppy grows up to weigh as much as you. Of course, feeding a dry kibble diet instead of canned foods will help keep their teeth in reasonable condition, but a little help is still needed, and that's where these treats come in. Each pale beige stick is around 4 inches long, and around half an inch in width, with small grooves running the length of the treat, these are designed to gently clean teeth and gums as the dogs chews on them, helping to keep teeth strong and white, and gums healthy. Each treat stick is also filled with a softer meaty centre, which I believe doesn't help do anything for the teeth but gives the dog a varied texture and flavour, they come in either chicken or beef variety and are low in fat so ideal for dogs who could do with loosing a few pounds (ahem, Ruby).
Unlike Pedigree Dentastix which claim to actually help remove plaque already on the dogs teeth by up to 80% , it seems these treats are only really designed to help keep teeth which are already fairly healthy to begin with, that way, as the packaging doesn't say anything thing about removing plaque, therefore they are probably best suited to younger dogs to help prevent plaque forming in the first place, and leaving Pedigree Dentastix to do the serious doggie dentistry!
The feeding chart on the back of the packet recommends feeding only one stick per day to your dog, whatever breed/weight he may be. But they are unsuitable for dogs under 7kg in weight meaning the tiny Yorkies and Chihuahuas will certainly have to go without, and perhaps even some of the smaller Terrier breeds too.
The treats come packaged in a fairly large bright blue and orange (for chicken flavour) or red (for beef flavour) foil packet, which has a resalable strip running a lot the top which can be resealed to keep the treats fresh and moist even after opening. On the front on the packet it clearly states the product name, and who they are made by as well as a large picture of the product. And on the reverse is all the usual bumph that all pet treats have (the ingredients, feeding chart, contact address ect).
*Price & Availability*
Bakers Dental Delicious are sold in 230g packets, which is 7 sticks and are available from most pet shops and the larger supermarkets for £1.59. Pets At Home often have Bakers treats on 3 for 2 offers so its worth taking full advantage of the deals and stocking up whilst you can.
Admittedly I wouldn't buy the Bakers dry food if it was the last dog food in the world- horrible all colours of the rainbow junk packed with artificial nastiness but their range of treats had always gone down well with my lot and I noticed these for the first time at Crufts this year, whilst I was making good use of the 4 packets of treats for £4 offer on the Bakers stand. Buying treats for my gang is quite a simple task as my dustbin Benson will *anything* even if the girls won't so nothing goes to waste, knowing I wouldn't be loosing any money- I picked up a couple of packs of these. Back home, my three testers were eager to try out the new goodies- as per usual, Bensons treat was swallowed in about two bites without it even touching the sides, Grace was just as bad and even fuss pot Ruby finished hers without the usual ten minutes of sniffing it before even attempting to taste it, so Bakers are certainly doing something right. The two young ones both have very good teeth anyway, so hopefully these treats can do something to help keep them that way on the occasion they do have them, but with three dogs, and these treats costing over £1.50 a packet, they certainly won't be getting the recommended one a day treat. All of them enjoyed the treats, and Ruby who is a small dog, and quite old with some missing teeth, had to lay down and hold the treat in her paws, giving it a good chew- so at least they lasted her a fair amount of time, and as they are low in fat they are something she can enjoy without me having the guilt of giving her treats when she should be on a diet to loose her extra couple of pounds.
*Pro's & Con's*
+ A decent sized treat for most dogs
+ Helps keep teeth clean and white
+ Low fat
+ Packs last a week if you feed the one-a-day recommendation (if you have just the one dog)
- Bakers old favourite.. the mystery meat!! The ingredients state they contain at least 10% meat but doesn't say what. And the treats are only 'flavoured' with chicken or beef so it isn't that. I don't like to think what is really in these things!
- Not suitable for dogs less than 7kg weight
- They only help prevent plaque forming, they don't do much to shift what's already there
- Don't do anything to freshen breath, but they don't claim to I suppose