Whimzees Dog Dental Chew Review
Updated: Aug 24
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We all know how important our own oral health is. Daily brushing, flossing, copious amounts of mouthwash and trips to the dentist in an attempt to keep our gnashers in perfect condition. But what about our dogs? What can we do as dog parents to keep on top of our best friend’s dental health?
Dental disease is the number one health issue for dogs, affecting 80% of adult dogs.
Dogs do so much with their teeth that they really need some special care. Starting to feel guilty that you don't brush your dog's teeth regularly? Don't worry you're not alone. Research shows that only 2% of dog owners actually brush their dog's teeth on a regular basis.
So could there be another way to help keep our dog's teeth clean?
Table of Contents
1. Buying Guide for Dental Chews
2. What are Whimzees ?
3. Whimzees Tried and Tested
4. Our Verdict
1. BUYING GUIDE FOR DENTAL CHEWS
This is where dental dog chews come in. Whilst dental dog chews can't replace brushing your dog's teeth, they are better than ignoring your dog's dental health all together.
Designed to promote healthy teeth, the UK dental chew market offer a massive range of options including some very big household names. However the list of ingredients in some extremely popular dental chews found on supermarket shelves makes for uncomfortable reading - sodium tripolyphosphate, derivatives of vegetable origin, meat and animal derivatives and cereals. If your dog suffers from allergies, this could be a minefield.
We decided to put a more natural solution to the test. We choose Whimzees Dental Chews as they are not only natural, contain no artificial ingredients, flavours or additives, but they are made from only six primary ingredients so you know exactly what your dog is getting.
Could this be a solution to our doggy dental dilemma?
2. WHAT ARE WHIMZEES ?
Whimzees dental chews are marketed as a quick and easy method of reducing plaque, tartar and help to avoid bad doggy breath. There are a whole range of different shapes and sizes to suit all breeds of dogs. We opted for a variety box suitable for medium sized dogs.
The box arrived filled with a selection of 28 dental chews in three different shapes - mini toothbrush, alligator and stix.
As well as being super cute, the shapes are specifically designed to ensure proper blood flow through the gums and prevents bad breath and tartar buildup.
Hollow spaces within each shape enable the teeth to easily grip and chew. Importantly, Whimzees have received the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal of approval.
3. WHIMZEES TRIED AND TESTED
So what did Freddie think of his new dental chews?
It's fair to say he loved them. At first he even tried to bury his new prized possession under the sofa cushions in order to safely stash it for later!
We offered them daily for a couple of weeks alongside his raw diet and definitely noticed an improvement in the plaque build up on his teeth.
However, the most noticeable difference is the positive impact on his breath which can be whiffy at times! They lasted a long time too, with each dental chew taking around 10 minutes to devour.
Some dental chews we've tried in the past seemed softer and haven't lasted anywhere near as long. According to the science, the longer the chew lasts, the more chewing takes place which means more plaque removal.
Whimzees recommend giving your dog one stick a day for an effective cleaning routine.
One concern about dental chews generally is the additional calorie content especially if they are offered daily. We were pleased that Whimzees are low-fat so there are no concerns about potential weight gain.
When offering a dental chew, it's important to choose the right size of chew for the size of your dog. Some dogs can be tempted to guzzle them down and they become a choking hazard. The medium sized chews were ideal for Freddie a 13kg Cockapoo.
4. OUR VERDICT
If you're looking for a good quality, natural dog dental chew which isn't full of extra calories, and with ingredients you can pronounce, Whimzees definitely fit the bill.
✅ Available in different sizes to suit your breed. A total of 5 sizes to suit all breeds of dogs from 2 kg to over 27kg!
✅ Puppy Chew Range. These have been formulated for growing puppies aged 3-9 months with a softer texture for their more sensitive teeth and gums.
✅ Small Resealable Bags. We loved that the smaller quantities are packaged in resealable bags for freshness unlike many alternatives seen on the supermarket shelves.
✅ Value Variety Packs Available. The larger variety packs, like the one we tested, work out the best value for money but they are packaged in a cardboard box.
✅ Environmentally Friendly Packaging. Whimzees commented that the previous larger variety pack was available in a resealable plastic carton. However they are moving to eliminate as much plastic as possible from their packaging, so the current variety box is in a cardboard outer. We simply decanted to a resealable tupperware container to keep them fresh.
Thanks for dropping by and reading our review of Whimzees Dog Dental Chews