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Beat Dentastix alternative?

Discussion in 'Pets & Animals' started by ricee007, Jul 1, 2020.

  1. ricee007

    ricee007 Member

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    Hi,

    Labrador gets a dentastix for breakfast every day, and Id prefer to replace that with a better quality dental treat. Often $12 for 28, so, call it $0.50 each.

    Greenies for large dogs can be up to $8 each, and other natural alternatives I can Google tend to be $4 - $10 each.

    I love doggo, but dont feel the need to spend 16x more on his breakfast.

    I'm seeing a lot of UK and USA alternatives... but no non-biased Aussie sites recommending one for less than, say, $1ish.

    Anyone found any? Happy to buy bulk (like, 365 of them) if need be.
     
  2. AngelMoo

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    what about bones? the chewing motion is what cleans the teeth right so would he be happy munching on bones? I have no idea what the current price is but years ago I would get a bone the size of my arm (but much thicker) for brother's rotty from the butcher for $2. Took him a couple days to get through it
     
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    ricee007

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    Hm. Bones often make his stomach funny. I could try smaller bones, and im sure he would get use to it.
     
  4. DangerMaus

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    I give my dogs bones and rawhide.
     
  5. Arctic_Silver08

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    Don't go too small, they can splinter and break + dogs will try swallow them... Same goes for cooked bones
     
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  6. DangerMaus

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    As mentioned a butcher is a better place to source bones, if you buy them from a pet shop you'll be paying $7-8 for a single dried bone.

    Aldi usually has rawhide twice a year a lot cheaper than pet shops so I buy heaps of it when they have it.
     
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  7. Arctic_Silver08

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    This, and some wholesalers usually have pet mince @ like $2/kg
     
  8. supasaiyan

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    those silicon bones are good too
     
  9. timsarg

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    that's not true , there are no issues with giving any small bones as long as they are not cooked, they will splinter and break when cooked not raw.

    As for the OP , look at trying your dog on roo tail with the fur on . The fur is a natural cleanser . roo tails, roo arms , pig heads cut in half are what i give my greyhound regularily . Just don't give your dog load bearing bones such as legs as they are alot stronger and can chip the pups teeth .
     
  10. DangerMaus

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    There are plenty of issues. Any bone can splinter, cooked bones just do it all the time.
     
  11. timsarg

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    the chance of bones breaking up into small pieces is a lot lower when raw compared to cooked. like anything in life there is always a chance but is heavily reduced when raw. Raw pork bones are a no no because they do splinter but it's about being educated on the pros and cons and the pro outweigh the cons of raw bones
     
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  12. DangerMaus

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    Yes I just said cooked bones splinter more often. Speaking of being educated,

     
  13. Arctic_Silver08

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    Yeah nah, do what you want but dogs can die choking on a small bone. The bone should be larger than the dogs head as a general rule of thumb.
     
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  15. Radley

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    My 2 retrievers go mad for Dentastix, which I've never really liked but we can't find an alternative they both like. One hates Greenies and the other eats everything.
     

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