According to my veterinarian, small dogs often have problems with tartar build up on their teeth, and especially the Silky Terrier breed, which we own. Keeping our dogs teeth clean is essential to her well being, and ours as well (since these dogs can have very foul breath if their teeth are not kept clean).
Since my husband feeds our Silky canned dog food, it is essential that she be given harder, crunchier foods to help clean her teeth and remove the tartar. But our little one is also a very picky eater, so finding a treat that does the job and is also one that she will eat can be challenging. Enter D.D.S. Dental Care for Dogs Dental Squares.
These Dental Squares come in a blue plastic bag, with a zip lock style closure across the top to keep the treats fresh after opening them. They are small in size, quite a bit smaller than the picture of the treat shown on the front of the bag. They measure almost 3/4 of an inch in diameter, have a small hole in the top, and are just shy of 1/4 inch thick. They don’t look like the picture either, which shows a dark brown treat, these are really light tan in color. These are manufactured by Eight In One Pet Products, a company that has been around for more than 100 years.
The bag says they are “easy to administer” and that they are vanilla flavored for “oral health”. The bag contains a generous supply, 90 Dental Squares to be exact. The back of the bag says these dental squares supply dental benefits when given regularly, such as a crunchy texture that helps control tartar build-up, and added chlorophyll to keep a dogs breath smelling fresh.
It goes on to say that D.D.S. Dental Squares are specially formulated by veterinarians to provide easy dental care, and that these mouth-watering vanilla flavored squares provide the tastiest oral hygiene care you can offer your pet.
Active ingredients per square are 60 mg of tetrasodium pyrophosphate and 12 mg of chlorophyll. Since some dogs don’t handle certain ingredients well, the ingredient list is important to know. It contains: brewers rice flour, corn gluten meal, dicalcium phosphate, magnesium stearate, pearled barley, potato flakes, salt, vanillin, vegetable oil, and whole wheat flour.
The directions state that you can give one Dental Square any time during the day, but recommends that they be given after a meal to reduce any chance of these upsetting the dogs tummy.
Now that you know all the specifics about these Dental Squares, I am happy to report that these are indeed enjoyed by our Silky Terrier! The first time I gave her one she wasn’t too sure about it, as they are indeed quite hard and chewy, but she liked the taste and managed to chew it up just fine. Now she looks forward to getting her Dental Square each night after she eats her dinner. She really does enjoy these, and thinks they are treats. And I must say, giving her a harder, crunchier treat to chew on has seemed to do what they are intended to do, which is to clean her teeth and keep the tartar to a minimum. I can’t say it has helped clean away tartar high up on her teeth, near the gum line, but they have helped prevent more tartar build up from occurring.
If you have ever had to pay to have your dogs teeth cleaned, like I have, it is expensive and not good for the animal, as the vet has to put the dog under general anestesia to do this! These are well worth the cost to control your dogs tartar build-up, and the Eight In One brand can be found in your local WalMart stores.