Beat Dentastix alternative?

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  1. ricee007

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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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    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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    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.
     
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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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    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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    I've heard that carrots are good for dental hygiene, but after giving some to my pups, there is little bits of carrot all over the yard from their shit, so I'm not entirely sure on how good they are for their digestion.
     
  17. Nethiuz

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    You'll find with large bones a lot of dogs will bury them meaning the garden is gone.
    I've stopped giving the dog anything that takes a long time to chew or it gets burried.
    It's hard to find something that lasts, is healthy and cheap.

    On the topic of small or cooked bones, my Dog gets whole cooked chicken carcasses after we are done with them every other day and has no issues.
    This goes for previous Dogs and friends Dogs who all lived a long life.
     

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