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Kong Dental Stick
Member Name: FourPaws
Kong Dental Stick
Date: 06/09/07, updated on 21/05/10 (139 review reads)
Advantages: Cleans teeth, good fetching object, good price, can be filled with treats
Disadvantages: Not extremely strong, grooves make it hard to clean.
*What is a Kong Dental Stick?*
The Dental Stick is a rubber chew toy produced by the Kong company which makes a large variety of dog toys, it is specially designed to help assist in teeth cleaning. It is made from the same strong red rubber as the Original Kong toy.
*The product itself*
The Dental Stick is a 'tube' shaped toy which has little grooves all the way around it, the grooves are ridged so as the dog chews on it, the ridges gently help scrape plaque away from the teeth and gumline. The grooves called be filled with small treats or the special pastes that the Kong company sells, for my dog I push broken bits of treats inside the grooves and then squeeze on some dog toothpaste.
The toy comes attached to a piece of white card, which has lots of information about the product and the Kong logo in bold at the top, there will also be the size that the toy is. Also inside is a small information leaflet, which comes with all Kong products to tell you more about the safety information and how the toy works.
*Price & Availabilty*
Kong toys are only available in pet stores and I have found that Pets At Home and Seapets in Colchester generally stock the largest range. The Dental Stick is available in three different sizes:
Small (for Yorkshire Terriers ect) £3.99
Medium (for Collies/Spaniels ect) £4.99
Large (for Labradors/Rottweilers ect) £5.99
*What the dogs think*
I brought the large sized toy for my Bernese Mountain Dog, Benson, my other dog isn't keen on rubber toys so she got a cuddly toy insted! Benson loved it straight away, its an easy shape for dogs to chew yet it is strong enough to withstand a dog of Bensons size and strenght, and the specially designed grooves close right over the teeth, and gently cleans them. But the novelty of a new toy soon wore off, and now he won't chew on it unless it is filled with some sort of tasty goodies! Although he still loves to use it as a fetch toy.
*Ease of Cleaning*
The shape of this toy, with all the little grooves makes this a rather hard toy to clean, although as it is rubber it can just be washed in hot water and regular washing up liquid, just make sure it is well rinsed before giving it back to your dog. I have found that the best way to clean inside the grooves is with an old toothbrush, which I have reserved just for cleaning the dogs toys.
*Pro's & Con's*
+ It cleans teeth and gums in a gentle yet affective way
+ Grooves can be filled with small treats, treat pastes or dog toothpaste to encourage chewing and therefore further teething cleaning.
+ Makes a good fetch toy
+ Three sizes for different breed dogs
+ Well priced
+ Puppy version made from softer rubber available
- Not suitable for very strong chewers, they would be able to chew pieces of rubber off
- If the toy isn't filled with treats, the dog isn't intrested
- Small grooves make it hard to clean
- Its not going to last a long time if your dog chews on it everyday
Summary: A great toy that would really do your dogs teeth some good if they chewed it for long enough!