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Anyone out there use them? They are made of compressed Beef hide with Chlorhexidine to clean their teeth. My concern is that raw hide is a no no due to it not being highly digestible. One of the Vet techs at my Vets office said that since it's compressed in the CET chews, it makes it more digestible. Having compressed beef hide sitting in my pups stomach, doesn't make me feel any better than having large pieces sitting in it. So what's your opinion on the digestibility of the product?
 

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I give them to my dogs all the time (except Zoey because she's allergic to beef), she used to LOVE them, I never had a problem with digestibility. Ziva my new puppy loves them. I use the Petite size, the rest are just 'regular' rawhides. While I'm not a huge fan of rawhide, I think the compressed is better? But I'm not an expert. As far as dental benefits....never noticed a huge difference in their teeth but it can't hurt :)
 

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I like the CET Hextra chews but I don't get the small/petite ones, they don't hardly have to chew them at all. I get the medium or large chews and let them knaw on them for 20-30 min then put them up for another day. Oakley & Bryco really don't "eat" them just knaw on them slowly, Trigger & Laurel eat them and we've never had problems.
 

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So would you say that they are indeed digestible? The petite size. I forgot to mention the size. I used to use them all of the time, never had any problems. But I guess my question is more do they eventually poop them out? Or do they just sit in their stomachs for long periods of time. I know that the raw hides just sit in their stomach as a big piece of goo. Since it isn't digestible, eventually it can cause blockage. Kinda like eating plastic, I guess? I don't want anything like that in my pups stomachs. When we used them a long while back, I always used the petite size, and they would just gnaw on them every day. Never ate them, so to speak, just made them gummy and gooey like. After they got nasty I would just toss them and put out new ones. But I still assume they get some of it in their stomach, even if just a little.

I would try the bigger ones, but my guys will not even mess with them if they are too big. They just sniff them and walk off. Too much to tackle, I assume. If they do try it, it’s only when I first put it down, then it’s old news. :lol:

Speaking of which. I bought 2 small bags of Deer Antler chews. Both were supposed to be the same size. One bag had more of the bigger ones in it, the other had the ones with much smaller tips that they can get in their mouth. Now I have this $26 bag of chews that I can’t use.

As for their teeth. They only eat canned food, and no chewies really since their tummy stuff last year. I am not seeing plaque yet, but their gums look kinda red. So I can bet plaque will start forming next. I would like to avoid that as much as possible if I can. Their bullies used to keep their teeth and gums nice. Now I’m at a loss.
 

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Could you try brushing their teeth or using Petzlife Oral Care spray/gels? IMO these are FAR more effective than the CET chews, mine just like the chews so I give them too :)
 

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I brush their teeth, but it isn't like they sit very still for it. So it's a quick thing, which I don't think alone will do the trick.
 

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Do you use an enzymatic toothpaste? I chop the bristles down on the brushes for my little ones and stick the brush in between their teeth and gums and brush while I hold their mouth closed, it works better for us than trying to keep mouths open.
 

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Does the alcohol in Petzlife scare you? That is my concern with those products.
 

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It's such a small amount that I don't worry about it. I haven't seen any ill effects on my guys and I talked with the company who explained that it pretty much evaporates and they aren't ingesting any of it, just swishing it around in their mouths with their tongues and swallow little to none of it.
 

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Do you use an enzymatic toothpaste? I chop the bristles down on the brushes for my little ones and stick the brush in between their teeth and gums and brush while I hold their mouth closed, it works better for us than trying to keep mouths open.
Yeah. Here is what I use.

 

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I may just bite the bullet and try the Petzlife. I don't want them to have to do dentals.
 

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Pretty much the same stuff we use but we use the vanilla mint ha ha. I just took sharp kitchen scissors and cut about 1/3 of the bristles off of Oakley & Bryco's brushes and it makes it much easier to get in their tiny mouths. Obviously you are doing something right if for a year no plaque has built up but red gums aren't good either. On average it takes about 6 months of no attention for plaque to start to build in my experience as well as what I've read.
 

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I'll see if I can take a pic of one of their teeth. Might not be an easy task. :lol:
 

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I'd try the gel, T. I was worried about the alcohol content same as you, but mine have been totally fine using it, and I think having them use it is better than having them have dental problems and needing dentals every couple of years.

I have used the CET Chews in the past as my vet gave me some for free to try, but I don't find them make much difference really. Daily brushing and using the gel helps most.

Kristi - have you used both the Tropiclean and the Petzlife? Do you find one works better than the other or are they pretty much the same? I'm using the Tropiclean now.
 

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LOL brave momma! Its a difficult task ;)

Laurel's teeth are terrible b'c she bites me when I try to brush them. Ha ha I say if you are going to be that evil, enjoy your sore rotting mouth! JK, but I've about had it with being bitten, she isn't just nipping either, it HURTS!
 

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T, I used the Petzlife on my Pomeranian Georgie when I got him, his teeth were a level 4 (Severe) out of 5 levels, after 6 weeks of twice a day use (putting the gel on the toothbrush and brushing) his teeth were level 1. Now I just give him a goodnight cookie with it on it, and brush 2-3 times a week, and that works to maintain clean teeth.
 

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Okay. That wasn't easy. :lol: And upon close inspection doing that, I can see a little bit of plaque starting to form. And see how the gum line is starting to get Red? I do not want this to get worse!



I know that looks like I'm killing him, but I promise I wasn't. :lol:
 

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That brown is only on the 2 canines.
 

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I'd try the gel, T. I was worried about the alcohol content same as you, but mine have been totally fine using it, and I think having them use it is better than having them have dental problems and needing dentals every couple of years.

I have used the CET Chews in the past as my vet gave me some for free to try, but I don't find them make much difference really. Daily brushing and using the gel helps most.

Kristi - have you used both the Tropiclean and the Petzlife? Do you find one works better than the other or are they pretty much the same? I'm using the Tropiclean now.
I think they are about equivalent, Paula. The Tropiclean is much cheaper though, but all in all it really helped clean up Oakley's teeth. The rest have never had any tarter buildup so its hard to say...Trigger has the nicest, whitest teeth I've ever seen, but he's also very good with letting me brush.

I put the Petzlife gel in the Tropiclean bottle though, MUCH easier to apply that way. Mine don't like the taste of either, but tough luck [email protected]!
 

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I would say absolutely start using the sprays/gels. That redness on the gums indicates that it's basically an open pathway for the bacteria from the plaque/tarter to travel into the bloodstream.

I often do a quick spray in the AM on my way out the door, then brush PM, and use the gel before bed 2-3 nights per week. I would do 2x a day though til you see that gone...I agree with whoever else said I can't imagine a tiny splash of alcohol is any worse for them than anesthesia will be and its much less dangerous :)
 
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