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I have two dogs - a Jack Russell who is seven and a border collie who is four. Knowing how easily dogs can develop gum disease, we decided early on that these were an essential as well as regular vet visits and all the other things an owner does to care for their pet.
I use the "for large dogs" treats that are supplied for dogs 25kg up. We always give the dogs their dentastix just before heading out of the house, either to work or to the shops or wherever. They have one each a day and they love them. They know the world "dentastick" which is both amusing and annoying when one happens to mention them in the middle of a sentence and you suddenly have two dogs staring intently at you.
They are low in fat and high in all the good stuff for your dogs. I obviously have no clue what they taste like, but the dogs absolutely adore both the original version of these and the minty fresh version. They are a challenge luck eat and keeps them occupied for a few minutes at least, and most importantly they keep the pesky gum disease away.
I might buy Pedigree Dentastix because they are low in fat, sugar free and because the special texture of this product along with its active ingredients is scientifically proven to reduce tartar build-up by up to 80%, helping to keep your dog's teeth and gums in a healthy condition. I know this - I've read the package.
My dog, unfortunately has very poorly developed reading skills and little interest in dental hygiene. He just knows he likes the taste and will proffer 'the dance' around the long, x-shaped, chicken flavoured stick before finally settling down to eat one. This (for those not in the know) is the highest approval a miniature schnauzer can award a product.
Pedigree Dentastix come in different sizes suitable for the size of your dog. I buy the medium sized ones for dogs 10-25kg. These cost £1.59 for a pack of seven sticks from Sainsburys. A pack of 56 medium Dentastix costs £11.50 from Sainsburys. The pack advises they are used every day. I tend to give one every other day - partly because of the price; partly because I'm pretty sure my dog would get bored of them every day. He is a dog that craves variety. The pack says the product has been developed with the nutritionists and vets of WALTHAM® a leading authority on pet care and nutrition. For further information on WALTHAM® see their website at www.waltham.com.
The ingredients are: Cereals, Derivatives of Vegetable Origin, Minerals (including 2.4% Sodium Tripolyphosphate), Meat and Animal Derivatives, Vegetable Protein Extracts, Oils and Fats.
The product is not suitable for puppies under 4 months old. Once opened use within 14 days.
I am sure this product, along with a sensible feeding regime, helps keep my dog's teeth in good condition and also reduces 'doggy breath.' My dog enjoys the flavour and the chewiness of the Dentastix. It is recommended by vets so I am confident in offering the product.
As alot of you know I have a white toy podle called Daisy-Beau. She is almost three now. I spend a absolute fortune on my girlyShe has the best of everything. A recent check up at the vet said it all.They said Daisy is very well cared for beautiful clean teeth for her age and the right weight.
I believe it is due to her being fed only dried food,(Royal canin poodle food) that has kept her so healthy.
I have always bought Daisy dental chews and cleaned her teeth with tooth paste when she has her twice weekly groom.
Comes in foil packaging. The packaging is yellow at the front with a dog on the front of it. Inside the packet is silver. It contains three dental chews. i bought the sticks for medium size dogs as for small dogs had sold out.
This product is made by Mars pet care U.K. more information can be found at www.pedigee.com
These are for medium size dogs hat weigh between for 10-25 kg. Not suitable for dogs under 4 months.
These dental chews are crossed in shape to give a better cleaning motion for healthy teeth and gums.
They smell of raw hide with a hint of chicken.
Daisy is very fussy with her treats, however she loves these.
I will be buying them every time I go shopping as they are well worth the purchase.
These are very good for dogs that don't like having their teeth cleaned. These take daisy a good few hours to finish. Never leave your dog un attended with a chew, as it's a chocking hazard.
It is a well known fact that if a dogs teeth decay it can lead to heart problems and numerous illnesses.
These cost me a pound from my local Tesco express store in Rugby.
I have a chocolate Labrador called Max. He is six years old but you would think he was still a puppy sometimes as he is so lively and playful. He is our first dog and we inherited him off a neighbour who had four dogs and two kids under five at the time and struggling to cope. He was two years old when we got him and wouldn't be without him.
We took him to the vets when we first got him to make sure he was up to date with all his jabs and everything. I remember reading in the vets that as dogs get older, they can suffer with gum disease and preventative action is always better than cure. We all know how expensive vets fees are so anything that prevents future possible treatment is worth it.
Cue Dentastix...........Dentastix can be bought in most supermarkets and pet stores and comes in different sizes for different sized dogs. The size I am reviewing is for larger dogs from 25Kg upwards.
They are made by Pedigree which is a reputable company and come in a sealed pack with 7 sticks in each pack. On the front of the pack it tells you they are for 'Daily Oral Care' and recommended by vets. There is a picture of the dentastix which is a funny cross shape and in a pink circle it tells you that the product reduces tartar build up by up to 80% which I find really impressive!
On the back of the packet it tells you that they are sugar free and low in fat. Obviously I can't tell you what they taste like as they don't appeal to me for some reason but they smell meaty. According to the blurb on the back they are composed of cereals, derivatives of vegetable origin, meat and animal derivatives, minerals, vegetable protein extracts,oils and fats.
We give one of these a day to Max and I have to say he even knows the word 'Dentastix'!! Next to 'walkies' it's the word he gets most excited about. He grabs it and walks round in circles a couple of times and then settles down to enjoy it. It's usually gone within a couple of minutes but watching him eat it you can see that that the funny shape of them gets in between his teeth and must help remove plaque and tartar.
It must be doing some good anyway as each time we take him for his yearly check-up, the vet looks at his teeth and says how healthy they are looking.
The price of these vary on where you buy them. You can find them from £1 up to £1.50 for a pack of seven and you can also buy them in packs of 28 (currently £7.09 in Tesco.
I recently ordered a bulk pack of 70 sticks from Amazon using my gift card balance earnt on various sites for £17.86 making it approximately 25p a stick. Probably not the cheapest but as it hadn't involved me using 'real' money, I was happy with it.
I would highly recommend these as it could prevent future problems with your dog's teeth and they seem to love them!
Although it is me reviewing Dentastix, it's the verdict of his lordship, (the four legged variety) who loves these.
I buy these in packs of 7, and they have been on offer for £1 in Tesco. If you shop at retailers such as Pets at Home, they are available in multi-packs of 28 sticks.
The chews are a X shape chew, so with the irregular shaping, goes up around the teeth which helps to prevent and remove the build up of tarter.
These are a meat flavour chew, and do smell - so we make sure the reminder go in a sealable container.
Pedigree have recently brought out a "FRESH" variety, but his lordship turned his nose up at them.
=Do they work=
I think they work, we were initially given a sample by our Vets, and our spoilt little pooch (not little but defiantly spoilt) - is nearly 4 years old and has had no problems with his teeth and the vet has not said anything about his teeth so touch wood ok.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend them, for £1 week for a treat, he has 1 a day, you can't go wrong.
Big woof woof from his lordship and his eyes raised when the word chews get mentioned.
I'm reviewing PEDIGREE DENTASTIX.
These come in pks of 7 & the ones I'm reviewing were bought in TESCO and cost £1 .
They are available in sizes/content for small ,medium or large dogs and there are multipacks of 28 sticks available costing between £5 and £9.
=Why I bought them=
We got a cute little dog from the rescue centre two years ago. Although she had been through a hard time on the streets & had been delivered of a litter of dead puppies she was judged to be more or less still a puppy herself,so we treated her as such and part of her care was buying something to help keep her little teeth in good order. Our vet recommended these to help remove dangerous plaque & tartar build up.
The first ones we bought were the basic ones in the picture above & she gets along fine with them & regards them as a treat/toy,which is good.
They have a unique X shape which means that chewing on them pushes the irregular edges up round the teeth to help remove tartar etc.
Recently we have tried her with the 'FRESH' ones because she is a polo mint freak & will tackle a lion for custody of a single polo mint. She totally loves the mint stix ! So much so that we keep them as 'special' and use them just occasionally in case she starts refusing the basic ones. They (the 'FRESH' ones) contain green tea extract & eucalyptus oil and leave her breath smelling wonderful.
Having said that,my brother's dog turns his nose up at the FRESH minty ones,so on that basis I'd say they might not suit every dog and you might need to just use the basic ones.
=Do they work ?=
Well they seem to be doing their job,since at Kizzy's last check-up her teeth were perfect & healthy & the vet was pleased with her in general. He even remarked that her breath was very fresh for a spoiled dog (he knows us so well ;-) )
At £1 a week we feel it is a small price to pay to maintain her teeth.
Would I recommend them? Yes.
Thank you for reading & I hope this review was helpful to dog owners.~~myloh
When you first get your tiny new puppy its amazing how lovely its teeth are and how its breath doesn't smell at all. Well hold onto that memory because it doesn't last long or so I thought until I found Denta stix.
I really think these small not very exciting stix actually do a lot of good and I now give them regulary to my dog and she has so far had no problems with her teeth or breath.
Our dog now thinks of these stix as one of her treats which is great as we give her the recommended one a day, little does she know they are doing her good too.
Dentastix are now available in most big shops such as pet stores or supermarkets. You can also now get them online. You can buy them in packs of 7 so that you have one for every day but it is more economical if you buy them in the bigger packs as they work out cheaper.
I have found that the best time to give our dog her denta stix is in the evening because then she will not have anything else to eat. The purpose of these stix is that they get any plaque or food that has built up in the dogs teeth out so the evening is the best time to do this as this is when the biggest build up will exist.
The treats are a x shape which means they really get inbetween your dogs teeth and help remove any build up of food or plaque. Our dog does seem to eat them quite quickly because they are quite soft but I don't think this matters as long as they do their job.
Overall, I think would rate this product highly as I feel it works very well. The prices are good especially considering that you would pay a similar amount for a normal treat that would not actually do your dog any good, these have the benefit of keeping your dogs teeth healthy and breath fresh all for a reasonable price.
I bought these thinking that because they are harder than your average treat that they would be good to keep my dog occupied when he is on his own. (I don't like leaving him with potential choking hazards like tripe or other splintery chews so thought these would be better). The trouble is, he doesn't understand that he is supposed to eat them! I'm not sure what he thinks, but I leave one in his bed when I go out and return to find that he's left it in my bed :-/ Unchewed. This is great because it means we can just recycle them, so one pack has lasted a good few months!
Despite this, I still think they are quite good value for money. We have also tried the cheaper versions, but he won't go anywhere near them so the fact that he picks these ones up must mean they're better! The only thing is they are perhaps too long (I'm not sure how much of their daily nutritional requirements are supplied by these but I'm guessing quite a bit as they're quite large), so when we got them I cut them in half.
I'm guessing there just isn't enough meat content or something for him to realise it is edible. So unfortunately I can't comment on how well they work for teeth cleaning, but I think I can definitely come to the conclusion that they aren't that nice!
Needless to say I won't be buying these again.
I bought these when my dog was a puppy, being won over by the advertising that it was something that would keep my dogs teeth clean. However, once I'd had a proper look at the ingredients list I decided to find better ways to improve his oral health. The 'treats' , in my opinion, are basically junk food for dogs, and expensive junk food too if you're giving one a day for oral health reasons. I found them to be sticky, leaving food on my dog's teeth and my carpet, and they did nothing noticeable for the cleanliness of my dog's teeth - in fact during the time I used them is the only time in his life that plaque noticeably formed on his teeth! In the end I decided to switch to teeth-cleaning non-edible chew toys and a natural powder that prevents plaque from forming in the first place and he now has brilliant white plaque-free teeth.
My advice would be to have a proper look at the ingredients list and have a real think about whether this treat is a) healthy, b) cost-effective and c) doing anything for your dog's teeth that chewing a carrot wouldn't do.
I love my dog Milo. I really do. But sometimes his breath is rank! He's not a particularly licky boy, thank goodness, but occasionally he will plant a kiss on your face and it's necessary to hold your breath.
This is why I initially bought Dentastix. My sister is a veterinary nurse and she recommended them. I buy them from Sainsburys in jumbo boxes which contain four packets of seven Dentastix for £5.99 and because he is a Jack Russell, I find that the small size is ideal.
These chewy sticks are ridged to help clean the dogs teeth as they chew and are flavoured with chicken or beef. They are made by Pedigree, who claim that they reduce tartar build-up by 80%, which is great news since cleaning Milo's teeth with his little doggy toothbrush is really tricky. He just licks all the meaty flavoured toothpaste off and bites down on the brush until I give up, but he will happily chew on one of these sticks. My sister warned me only to give Milo one a day as they are high in calories, so I tend to wait until he has been for his daytime walkies and then, because he is tired it takes him a little longer to get through it.
I find these really useful, Milo's teeth remain pearly white and his breath is improved after eating one. I feel like I'm helping to keep his teeth and gums healthy, so I don't mind the extra cost and Milo just thinks he is getting a tasty treat, which makes him love me even more. Toothy grins all round!
The Pedigree Dentastix are a great product to have around in your home. Whether your just treating your dog to a delicious healthy treat or whether you just give your dog them regularly to keep his teeth and gums healthy. There great for tasty treats and for keeping his teeth clean and his gums healthy.
I feed my dog half a stick in the morning and the other half at night which does actually keep his breath nice and fresh and his teeth shiny and white!
It is proven that Pedigree Dentastix actually reduce Tartar build up by a whopping 80%!
How do Pedigree Dentastix work?
Pedigree Dentastix are a combination of special textures and active ingredients.
Pedigree Dentastix contain two active ingredients (sodium tripolyphosphate and zinc sulphate), which bond with the calcium in saliva and slow down the build-up of tartar. This helps plaque stays softer for longer and makes it easier to remove by chewing Pedigree Dentastix
Whats so good about Pedigree Dentastix?
The great things about this product are:
They reduce Tartar build up by 80%,
They are proven to stop gum disease,
Keeps your dog's oral health in great condition,
They are recommended by vets and they also
Keep your dogs breath fresh!
What size packs are they available in?
Pedigree Dentastix are available in three different sized packs, 1. Small, 2. Medium and 3. Large.
Where can I purchase this product from?
The CO-OP Food, ASDA, Pets at home, Tesco and many other major supermarkets sell this product and the rest of its fantastic range. You can purchase this product from many grocery stores and corner shops!
Definitely recommended for dog owners and for making sure your dogs oral health is in tip-top condition and that he's/her's teeth are healthy!
I really enjoy treating my dogs. I find that it always helps if you find a treat that is also beneficial to your pet.
The Pedigree Denta Stix come in a yellow packet with a dog on the front. The Pedigree logo is also on the front of the packaging at the top. You get 7 Denta Stix in the packet which is a bit of an odd number but I assume this would provide one for every day of the week. Unfortunately the packet does not reseal so you might like to keep the spare stick's in a seal tight container to keep them fresh.
The Denta Stix
The Denta Stix themselves are in the shape of a cross the whole way through so they are very original compared to the design of other dog treats. The stix come in different sizes depending on the size and weight of your dog (there is a chart on the back of the packaging). Pedigree have two different flavours for these Stix which are beef and chicken flavour.
About The Denta Stix
According to Pedigree's website, if these treats are fed, one a day on a daily basis, they are clinically proven to reduce plaque and tartar. Its gently abrasive texture and unique shape can help reduce plaque and tartar build-up by up to 50%.
The unique shape of the stick (cross shaped) means that the chew can get between your dog's teeth so the treat basically cleans your dogs teeth while they are enjoying eating it.
I buy these treats from Tesco and they are available in 2 different sizes, for small and large dogs. You can buy a pack of 7 sticks for a small dog for £1.38 and the same packet for a medium/large dog is £1.74.
These sticks can also be bought in larger packets, which contain 28 sticks, for a small dog these cost £4.94 and for a medium / large dog, these cost £6.94.
Mine (and my Dog's) Opinion
My dogs really enjoy these treats although the only downside is that they do get eaten quite quickly. The stick's themselves are a bizarre textures, they are semi soft as well as being hard at the same time. Unfortunately I am unable to comment on the dental side of these sticks as I do not feed my dogs these everyday and one of my dogs is already overweight and I am trying to help him loose weight, not put it on
The Pedigree Denta Stix are a great treat, they provide enjoyment as a treat for dogs as well as helping protect their teeth and gums. The price of the denta stix themselves is reasonable considering they have other benefits and are not just a bog standard treat.
Last July my Mum's 2 Chihuahuas had a litter of 4 pups. I fell in love with one of them, and by the time they were ready to leave their Mum at the start of October, we ended up with a Chihuahua of our very own. While my parents have always had dogs as pets, and I spend a lot of time at their house playing with them, we have been cat owners, so I was not really sure what sort of thing that I should be doing with my new fur baby.
We are very familiar with the need for pets to have some sort of dental routine. Unfortunately our cat has a gum problem which needs some vetinary intervention. We did try when he was younger to brush his teeth with one of those finger toothbrushes, but he was too old really when we started and never took to it.
So, I am very keen to avoid dental problems with our puppy right from the start. One of the methods I am using with him is Dentastix, as they are said to reduce tartar build-up by 80%. I can't comment on this statement as such, because he is a bit young at 8 months to really have any problems, but one thing I have noticed so far is that he has smellier breath on days when he has not had a dentastix chew, compared to the days where he has had them.
When I first picked up some dentastix, I didn't realise 2 facts. The first is that you should not give these to puppies under 4 months. That bit was fine, as I was prepared to wait. The other thing is, although you can buy these for small dogs, really the range is not suitable for Chihuahua's. The recommended weight range for these chews is 5-10kilos. My dog is almost fully grown now, and weighs approximately 2 kilos.
I knew my Mum has been using them with her dogs, so I thought I would give them a try. One thing I have done though is made sure that I only let him have them when I am in the same room as him, as a few times particularly near the end of chewing, he has got it near the back of his jaw, and I have seen him struggling to get it off his teeth again, and being able to free his jaw. One of my Mum's dogs needed to go to the vets as he got a tennis ball stuck in his mouth, so I don't want him to hurt himself on it. Sometimes I put these into his toy Kong to avoid this difficulty, but he seems to cope ok with them.
He has this really clever technique of holding the stick between his two front paws. He then chews away at it. He doesn't always eat it in one go, having several gos at the same chew over the course of the day. I have to watch he doesn't try and hide it either in his bed and I don't notice, or on the leather settee, as they can leave messy marks on the furniture if I don't watch him. I've also managed to chuck one into the washing machine with his bedding. I was surprised this didn't disintegrate completely and make a real mess, but it just went a bit soggy but kept the cross shape.
Dentastix come in packets of 7. The recommendation is to use these every day, and one pack is a few pence less than £2. They are readily available in supermarkets in the pet aisle, but the difficulty that I have is that they only sell the bigger medium and large dog varieties, so I either have to make a special trip to a pet shop or order them from an online supplier to get the size that I need.
The pack they come in is a foil one to keep the chews fresh, though it is recommended to use them up within 14 days of opening. I never really pay attention to this sort of detail, I just make sure I store them hygienically by putting them in tupperware or a sandwich bag for freshness, and have noticed no deterioration in quality in that time. The sticks are 9cm long, and have a strong aroma to me which is quite beefy. Murphy goes mental for them as soon as he sees me get one out of the cupboard, and my Mum's 2 also guard them and go mad if anyone else goes near them while they are eating them, which we interpret to mean that they love them.
The only problem we have with them is probably down to the small size of the dog eating them. My Mum noticed her female Chihuahua suddenly put on a lot of weight. Seven pounds, or just over 3 kilos. In a bigger dog, this would not be much of an issue, but it was very worrying that she had put on so much weight. As she had just had the litter of pups, she was eating a lot of food to feed them, but once the pups were weaned onto food, she put the weight on. The vet advised my mum to cut down on the dentastix, as one stick is half of the daily calorie requirement for this breed of dog. My Mum has been chopping the sticks in half before giving them to her dogs now, and I have done the same for Murphy. While he is not currently overweight, I do not want him to be filling up on these and not eating the more nutricious food I am providing for him. Also, weight problems are hard to deal with once you have them.
So while I do recommend these sticks for helping with teeth problems and preventing the bad breath that dogs can get, I also wanted to write a review with the interests of a smaller dog so that people would be aware of the danger of leaving small dogs unattended with these, and also the risk of putting on weight. Although Murphy loves them, he has been a bit more restricted in the quantity I have given him recently.
When it comes to buying treats and hygiene products for my two dogs I can sometimes get a bit flustered. There are literally hundreds of sticks, treats and chews out there all claiming to clean my dogs teeth and keep them healthy and happy. I brought pedigree denta stix for the first time 2 weeks ago. Normally I buy Bakers but a family friend recommended these to me so I thought I would give them a go. Having one little dog, aged 3 and one very large dog aged 6, meant I had to buy two different packets from my local pets at home store. The small pack of 7 cost me £1.40 and the large pack for my large dog cost me £2.45 (again for a pack of 7).
Packaging of this product is instantly recognisable. The bright yellow pedigree packaging always stands out on any store shelf, so I am sure you will have no trouble finding these. Price wise I thought these were very good value, especially for the job they are doing. As of late in my recent pets at home store I have seen these on offer, sometimes 2 for £2.50 on the smaller packets, so it's worth keeping an eye on the price as it can fluctuate.
Appearance wise these denta stix are not that appealing (to me anyway) but my dogs seem to think otherwise. Each long star shaped stick is a bland cream/beige colour. So as you can see don't be expecting anything too exciting when you unwrap the stixs. I have found the stixs are quite easily and quickly consumed even by my little dog, so don't expect this to be a treat for them that will last them any longer than a couple of minutes.
I give these to my dogs every few days as they have a raw and dry food mix, but I think you know when it's best to give them to your dog, and if you are ever in doubt there are guidelines on the back of each packet.
Overall after 2 weeks of usage on both of my dogs I have noticed there teeth looking a bit cleaner (and their breath smelling better) Denta stixs claim to reduce the build up of tartar which to be honest I am sure they do, and this is why I will continue to use them in the future.
We regularly give our dog Denta Stix as he loves the taste of these strange shaped treats and at the same time they also help him out with his tooth problem as he has a big build up of plaque and tartar on his teeth and the vet recommended these to us.
They are made by Pedigree so we know it's a good name and a brand we trust as it has been around for donkey's years.
The sticks come in a pack of seven and for this we pay a bit under two pounds. He only gets one a day though, other wise it would cost us a fortune. He would eat them all day long if we allowed him to as he really does enjoy them.
We take them on a walks with us sometimes but more often than not he will just lie down and eat it at the end of the day - he has a hard life!
They are quite soft I feel, (not nearly as hard as you would think) and they are available for all sized dogs, from tiny to very large. Obviously it costs more the lager the dog is the bigger the sticks are so you would expect to pay more. We give them to him whole, though the directions say that you can snap bits off - he prefers to just chew.
The vet says his teeth have improved since eating these so we know they are doing him some good and they are not just a gimmick. They smell okay I think - for a doggy food, anyway, not that I'd want to eat one, but they don't smell as bad as you'd think.
All in all a good product and good for your dog's teeth.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead.
Not suitable for dogs under 22 lbs.