N.A.S.H.A. has been on a chewing hiatus for a few years, but thanks to some awesome new dental chews we just discovered, she's back in the game, which is a great thing, because neither she or I is keen on brushing her teeth as regularly as we should. We received a package of C.E.T Home Dental Care Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Dogs from EntirelyPets.com, and we were anxious to tear it open. Why was N.A.S.H.A. on a chewing hiatus? My sister and her dogs lived with us for a couple of years, and her otherwise-practically-perfect-in-every-way golden retriever had just one flaw: chewie possessiveness/aggression. We had to remove all bone-like substances from the home in order to prevent WWIII and possible slaughter of all things actively chewing. I had not re-introduced dog chews–until now.
I was hopeful that N.A.S.H.A. would take to these new dog chews right away. She did and didn't. I gave her one, and she immediately hid it (under the shoes in my closet or amongst the "friends" in the littles' animal basket are top hiding places). That's a great sign because she only hides things she loves, but I wanted her teeth to get a workout, so I was disappointed. I pulled the bag out again. Opened it. And took out a second chew.
She started jumping around and licking her chops. She could hide one and have one to consume? She didn't know what to do with herself. But she quickly figured it out.
N.A.S.H.A. made her opinion clear:
I used C.E.T. Home Dental Care Aquadent Drinking Water Additive a couple of years ago when our Corgi/Chihuahua Kermit, who has since passed, was having some mouth problems and was a bit too far gone for a thorough dental cleaning. I was really pleased with the results, so I felt like I could trust C.E.T. Home Dental Care. But when I looked at the ingredients and noticed "dextrose," a red flag went up. I did some research and found that, as the package stated, it is "a substrate necessary for the Enzyme System," which is a fancy way of saying that it's food for the live enzymes in the product that are helping to clean your dog's teeth as he chews. So don't stress. I've been accused of being overly-concerned about wellness, and I'm okay with it. There are so many benefits to these chews, and canine dental health is so important. Positives include:
• coated with enzymes
• abrasive surface scrubs teeth
• highly palatable poultry flavor
• removes plaque and tartar
• freshens your dog's breath (bonus for us dog-kissers)
The chews are digestible, but, as with any pet treat designed for chewing, you should always supervise your dog to be sure choking does not occur. Also be sure to provide access to plenty of fresh drinking water when your dog is chewing, and always.
We haven't been using the chews long enough to see results in N.A.S.H.A.'s teeth, but almost every review I read on the EntirelyPets Web site stated a remarkable positive difference in dogs' dental health after using them. For now, I'm very happy to see that N.A.S.H.A. is taking to them, finally getting her teeth and gums a good workout. And she's happy to take a satisfied siesta after getting her chew on. Always a sign of something good. The only real negative review I could find was about the inconsistent size of the chews, which, to me, means that they are a natural product that didn't come out of a cookie cutter. That's a good thing, in my book. And isn't variety the spice of life? The chews come in small (for dogs under 11 lbs), medium (11-25 lbs), large(26-50 lbs), and x-large (over 51lbs).
EntirelyPets is a vet-operated online retailer that offers a low-price and safe-shopping guarantee. They have the lowest price on the C.E.T. Home Dental Care Enzyme Oral Hygene Chews I could find and provided me with coupon code "ORASPECIAL" to share for a greater discount, $1.50 off single bags or $5.00 off three- and six-packs. Sweet.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, written on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network and I was provided a supply of C.E.T. Home Dental Care Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Dogs from EntirelyPets.com in exchange for my honest opinion.