Month: February 2017

A Chewy a Day Keeps the Tarter Away

This month is pet dental month. Just like hoomans, us dogs and cats need to keep our teeth healthy. Problems with teeth can lead to health issues, stinky breath, loss of teeth, and pain because bad teeth can make it hard to eat our food. Icky kitty is 14 and he just had his teeth cleaned. The vet said he is looking pretty good for a cat that old. No teeth had to be pulled, but they did reccommend brushing his teeth to keep them clean.

My chompers are looking pretty good for a five year old pup. Last vet visit, I was told a teeth cleaning was not needed for me. I bet you wonder how in the heck I do it? Well I get a chewy everyday to help keep my chompers looking good and breath smelling fresh.

Since it is dental month, lots of different dental options were offered to test out. I do have my normal chew that I get daily, but mom decided we could try out a different one in case it was better and I preferred it over the other.

The dental chew we tested out was Greenies, which is  a well known dental chew. We felt that it was a brand we could trust. We all know that when it comes to me and stuff that goes in my tummy, my hoomans become complete weirdos. So my regular dental chews were put up for a bit and we went with the Greenies.

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Before my hoomans switched to dental chews, they did try their best to use a toothbrush to clean my chompers, however I am known as a PITA,  so they looked for other options to help clean my teeth. They tried a dental cleaning liquid that was added to my drinking water. I started drinking less water when they added it to my bowl. It is very important that we get plenty of water, so that idea got nixed. They finally decided to try out dental chews. I have tied out various ones, but we are always on the lookout for a better one that I enjoy as well. Calorie count is always figured in when choosing a chew to add into my daily rotation.

Greenies is recommended by vets and it helps remove plaque and tarter buildup faster than a toothbrush can. There are many different varieties for us to chomp on. They also are easy to digest. When you look at them, the first thought might be, am I eating a toothbrush? It looks just like one!

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So now on to what happened after I tested Greenies out. I did think they tasted okay. If I am not liking they way something tastes, I will spit it out and walk away. The chew did take longer to eat than my normal chew which is a good thing. Longer lasting chews mean more time that it is helping to remove plaque and tarter. I was able to easily break it up into pieces without too much trouble.

The next day, I was offered another Greenies chew and happily took it from mom. That pretty much is my seal of approval. I would happily eat these chews as an alternative to my usual one. They were tasty and I liked that they lasted longer.

Mom has to put her two cents in though. She has her likes and dislikes. First she likes that it takes me longer to chew. My usual one is a little bit smaller, I can break it up into smaller pieces much faster. She also says they are less stinky than my usual chews. When you open the bag of my usual chews, this wonderful smell pours from the bag. Mom says there are a lot of other words to describe it, none of which are wonderful. She likes that they come in different varieties. They have a weight management chew for dogs that are older and not moving as much or dogs that are dieting. They have grain free treats, hip and joint,  mint flavored ones, and ones that are blueberry flavored.

Of course mom has to find the one negative thing that makes it difficult for her to choose this chew for me as a replacement for my daily chew. The calorie count. The  chews for large dogs are 152 calories a piece. We all know by now that my treat calorie limit is 80 calories. That is almost double the amount for my treat allotment. The small regular chew is 95 calories, still over the limit. We might switch to the regular chew and use it sparingly. I really like these treats and mom feels that they are working. My breath is not that stinky and my teeth are looking pretty. Mom is thinking that the best way to still get the benefits of Greenies, but not destroying the diet, would be to use Greenies a couple times per week and my regular chews the other days. I would only be getting 30 extra calories instead of 105 extra calories. It is a win win situation. Mom still gets to be strict on my diet and I get to have a tasty chew that is helping me have pretty chompers.

So our final verdict is 3 paws up. One paw removed because of the high calorie content. That is only because of my silly diet. It truly deserves four paws, but my small weight issue prevents it from completely replacing my current chew.

You can check out me enjoying a Greenies chew on my Instagram page here. 

You can find Greenies at Chewy.com. Since they are a product that can be fed daily, you can save money by using autoship!

Remember to look at all the great things that Chewy.com has to offer.

*********************** this product was provided to me at no cost in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone*******************

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Wobbling fun

I really love eating and sometimes when I eat, I tend to scarf it down so fast that I get threatened with a slow bowl. Slow bowls are weird contraptions that force me to slow down so I can have a proper meal without getting sick. The slow bowls are kind of annoying. It takes me forever to eat. This month, we saw that we could try out this Kong toy that wobbles back and forth. It dispenses treats or food. Mom figured it would be a fun way to have me eat.

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The Kong Wobbler has a weighted bottom and wobbles to and fro. If I smack it down, it just goes right back to standing up tall. If I hit it just right, food/treats fall out. It is amazing! The large Wobbler holds a cup of food. Perfect for me since right now  I am fed 3/4 cup twice a day.

First off mom showed me the bag of treats and then put some of  them in the Wobbler. She set it on the ground, then let me investigate. I sniffed it and realized that it had some yummy smelling stuff in there. I smacked it a few times and realized it moved around.

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No matter how many times I knocked it down, it just got right back up again. I kept hitting it, then saw treats fall out. I gobbled them up and then kept smacking it until I knew that it was empty. Once it was empty I lost interest.

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I really liked this toy. I got treats and was able to get a little exercise. Working off the treats while I eat. I like that concept. I did get a little mad when I hit it enough times it got up against a wall and I could not get it to move away from there. Once mom moved it away from the wall, I was back in business.

The next time she let me use it, she filled it with my nightly ration of food. It took a very long time to eat dinner, but I had fun while eating, so I did not mind too much. I just kept smacking it around until no more crunchies were rolling around in the  Wobbler. I preferred this over my slow bowls. It added an element of fun to meal time instead of a lot of frustration.

On to some technical stuff. It has a weighed base, so it is pretty heavy. Mom has yet to see me lift it up and try to throw it down the stairs which I do to most of my other treat dispensers.It seems to be made of pretty strong material. The top screws off so it can be refilled. It is dishwasher safe, but has to go on the top shelf. This is not a chew toy, so make sure you are watching when we have Wobbler time.

Mom gives this two thumbs up and I give this four paws up. This is a treat/meal dispenser that I would recommend to anyone who wants some fun while eating or needs to slow a pup down who is a speed eater.

You can watch the Kong Wobbler in action on my  Instagram page here

The Kong Wobbler can be found here There are two different sizes. Small for dogs up to 25 lbs and large for dogs over 25 lbs.

Visit Chewy.com for lots of other great products. They have super fast shipping and excellent customer service!

*******************This product was given to me at no charge in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.****************