Outside the wind is blowing, snow covers my driveway and freezing rain is falling. At the time of writing this, it’s the middle of April. That’s right: two weeks into Spring and Southern Ontario gets the worst storm of the season.
And some people think climate change isn’t real.
Meanwhile, I’ve got a more immediate issue to deal with today, and it’s everything schedule is cancelled. We are housebound – me and my dog.
My cocker-cross Victor runs everyday – everyday. But today, he doesn’t want to go outside. And neither do I. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t stir crazy.
He needs something to do.
Thankfully, Loving Pets sent us a bag of OraBone dog chews in exchange for an honest review.
OraBone comes in three sizes for small, medium and large dogs – small dogs get 23; medium dogs get 10; and large dogs get 6 bigger ones per bag. (Amazon.com affiliate link)
I rip open the small bag for Victor and immediately the scent of mint, parsley and chlorophyll gets his attention – and mine. Those are the ingredients that fight bad breath. Add real chicken along with a unique design and these ‘treats’ are dental chews with increased surface cleaning, according to Loving Pets.
- A key-shape end with nibs designed to massage gums and scrape tongue
- A centre bulb designed to clean behind front teeth
- A tapered ‘ribs’ forming ‘teeth-fitting’ channels.
- Three breath-fighting ingredients
- Made in the USA
- No artificial colours or flavours and grain free
Today, however, OraBone’s job is to keep Victor busy.
What’s the result?
I drop a few around the floor and he follows the scent, curious but not excited (not unusual for him) and he picks one up and walks around. He doesn’t chew them immediately because I think these are too hard for his aging teeth. He does carry them around the house looking for hiding spots to bury his treasure.
Later, he finds them again.
Fortunately, Victor doesn’t have dental issues and each time the vet looks in his mouth, he’s never needed a cleaning. Maybe it’s luck, genetics and/or the occasional dental chew to keep things clean, but Victor’s got good choppers and that’s not true of all dogs.
Dog dental health is important for many reasons, which dog blogger Amy Shojai outlines here (spoiler alert – they are the same as ours). Or some pet parents even ‘brush’ their dogs’ teeth regularly including Jen at PuppyLeaks.com – visit her teeth brushing guide here.
Victor eventually gnawed a Loving Pets OraBone completely. (affiliate link) I’ll also give them a try with a bigger dog who loves to chew – after the snow melts and we leave the house. In the meantime, I’ll shovel out the car while Victor buries his dental treats in the couch.
Win a 10-piece bag of 14 oz Loving Pets OraBone dental treat for dogs by leaving a reply below. How do you clean your dog’s teeth?
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