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Dog Dental Sticks Review : Whimzees

Updated: Jun 22

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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?

White dog showing clean teeth

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 Dog Dental Sticks

2. What are Whimzees Dog Dental Sticks?

3. Whimzees Dental Sticks : Tried & Tested

4. Our Verdict



1. Buying Guide for Dog Dental Sticks


Whilst dental sticks 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 Stick market offer a massive range of options including some very big household names such as Pedigree Dentastix.


However the list of ingredients in some of the more popular sticks makes for uncomfortable reading - sodium tripolyphosphate, derivatives of vegetable origin, meat and animal derivatives and cereals. If your dog suffers from allergies, this is a potential minefield.

Whimzees dog dental sticks

We decided to put a more natural solution to the test - Whimzees dog dental sticks. 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 Dog Dental Sticks?


Whimzees are marketed as a quick and easy method of reducing plaque and tartar whilst helping to avoid bad doggy breath.


They are 100% vegan so don't contain any ingredients of animal origin. They are also grain free and wheat free so perfect for dogs with sensitive stomachs or allergies.


A total of 6 sizes are available to choose from ranging from extra small dog to large dog and two sizes suitable for puppies.

Whimzees dog chews in a variety box

When offering a dental stick, it's important to choose the right size for the size of your dog.


Your dog may be tempted to guzzle them down and they become a choking hazard.


Likewise if they're too big for your dog they could be consuming too many calories.


The Whimzees store page on Amazon, provide guidelines on which to choose for your dog or puppy. We opted for a variety box suitable for medium sized dogs.


Our box arrived filled with a selection of 28 dental sticks in three different shapes - mini toothbrush, alligator and the more traditionally shaped stix.

Ingredients in Whimzee dog toothbrush

As well as being super cute, the shapes are uniquely 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 Dental Sticks : Tried & Tested


So what did Freddie think of his new dental sticks?


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!

Cockapoo with a alligator shaped Whimzee dog stick

We offered them daily for a few weeks alongside his raw diet and it's fair to say that we definitely noticed an improvement in the plaque build up on his teeth.


However, the most noticeable difference is the effect on his breath which can be whiffy at times! He definitely smelt fresher.


Another thing to consider is how long the sticks last. According to the science, the longer the sticks last, the more your dog chews so the more plaque is removed.


Whimzees last a long time too, with each one taking nearly 10 minutes to devour. Some dental chews we've tried in the past seemed softer and haven't lasted anywhere near as long.

Variety of shapes in Whimzees Variety Pack of dental dog chews

One concern about dental sticks generally is the additional calorie content especially if they are offered daily.


Whimzees are low in fat so there are no concerns about potential weight gain when offering one a day which they recommend.


Finally let's talk packaging. Whimzees are available in lots of different pack sizes. The best value for money are clearly the larger variety packs.


Like many companies, they are moving to environmentally friendly packaging. Previously the larger variety pack was available in a resealable plastic carton.

As they move towards eliminating as much plastic as possible from their packaging, the current variety box is in a cardboard outer. We simply decanted to a resealable tupperware container to keep them fresh.


4. Our Verdict


If you're looking for a good quality, natural dog dental stick which isn't full of extra calories, and with ingredients you can pronounce, Whimzees definitely fit the bill.

Three packs of resealable Whimzee dog treats

Admittedly they aren't the cheapest dental sticks on the market but they're a lot cheaper than the dog dentist !


You can even start early as their newly expanded puppy range is formulated specifically for growing puppies aged 3-9 months. They have a softer texture for their more sensitive teeth and gums.


The complete range of Whimzees offers a choice of single shape or variety packs in various pack sizes.


Whimzees recommend giving your dog one stick a day for an effective cleaning routine.



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Thanks for dropping by and reading our review of Whimzees Dog Dental Sticks

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