Product Type: Kong dog accessories
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Kong Dental Stick
Kong Dental Stick
Author Name: daisylee3
Kong Dental Stick
Date: 18/11/12, updated on 18/11/12 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Durable, cheap, works, dogs like it, long lasting
My dogs have got quite a few Kong toys and I am really impressed with how durable they are while still being fun for my dogs to play with.
We've had this particular toy for a good few years now and I bought it a few months after getting my husky after a recommendation from one of my friends. I purchased ours from Pets at Home if I remember correctly and have no idea how much I paid but I don't remember it being expensive. The current retail price for a large one (the size that we have) is around £5.00, depending on where you purchase it from. The are two other sizes available as well - small and medium, making it suitable for all dog breeds.
This toy is a really good idea and it is a very effective way of helping to clean my dogs teeth without having to use a toothbrush! It is basically a tube shaped piece of rubber which is the same thick, durable and slightly bouncy material as a normal Kong toy. It is around five inches long and it is covered in ridges which are designed to be filled with doggy toothpaste however as my dogs refused to touch it when I did purchase some of the dog toothpaste I don't use this.
The ridges are deep enough to insert bits of broken up biscuits or chocolate drops and I usually use soft cheese or peanut butter as this takes longer for my dogs to eat. Even though I don't use the toothpaste I feel that this is still effective in cleaning my dogs teeth and seeing as they will chew on it for a good 20 minutes or so jt is very thorough. The way that the toy works is by the flexible grooves closing over the dogs teeth which sounds quite unpleasant but it is gentle and whenever I watch one of the dogs chewing on it I can see that it is working.
When it is chewed it helps to remove any plaque and bits of food stuck in the dog's teeth which reduces tartar buid up. It also keeps a dog occupied and helps to stop them from chewing on things they shouldn't. When I first got this the dogs would just lick it and nibble it or push it around to try and get the treats to fall out of the ridges but they soon got the hang of chewing it. When my dogs are chewing on it they often have it right at the back of their mouths which gives their teeth a thorough clean.
The centre of the toy is hollow meaning that it can be stuffed full of goodies however the opening isn't very big so I struggle to fit anything in there other than a munchy stick. The toy has a raised band on the middle of it which my dogs seem to like the texture of and the toy is easy for them to carry around comfortably in their mouths and it is too large to be a choking hazzard. As my dogs use this inside and outside it does get quite dirty easily and it can soon become smelly as they are not always able to get all of the food out of the ridges.
I soak it in hot water whenever neccessary and it is in great condition after a good few years. There are a lot of teeth marks and the colour is fading a little but it is still in the original shape with no bits of rubber missing or anything which says a lot about the quality considering that all of my dogs are strong chewers. Despite how long my dogs have had this toy they will still play with it whenever I fill the ridges with treats and they often play with it like they would with a tennis ball; carrying and throwing it around because it is quite bouncy.
Overall this is a great toy. It effectively does what the manufaturers claim and the quality and durability is brilliant.
Five out of five stars - highly recommended.
Summary: 5/5 Stars