Product Type: Bakers dog accessories
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Eat Teeth Clean!
Bakers Dental Delicious
Member Name: FourPaws
Bakers Dental Delicious
Advantages: Good for dogs' teeth, low fat, fair sized treat
Disadvantages: Expensive, not for small dogs, smell
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
Summary: We'll stick to Pedigree Dentastix I think!