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Milk Bone Brushing Chews: A healthful way to enhance your dog’s breath

Updated on May 6, 2014
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This is the top of the carton I used for my dachshund. They are correct about us being happier regarding less bad breath in our beloved dachshund. :D
This is the top of the carton I used for my dachshund. They are correct about us being happier regarding less bad breath in our beloved dachshund. :D | Source

My dachshund is no spring chicken, being eight years of age. This breed of dog is well known for halitosis which I jokingly call Halitosis Maximus because of how awful it truly is. The older a dog (breed doesn’t matter) becomes, the worse the breath (morning, afternoon and evening) even with regular teeth brushing and chewing on dental treats. A pet owner can only do so much regarding the bad breath and yellowing of teeth as one’s dog grows into “the older mature” dog (7 years plus).

Like most who love their pet, I keep an eye out for ways to improve my dog’s dental hygiene. For keeping on top of it gifts one a healthy animal. Most dogs become sickly due to lack of good dental hygiene (per my dog’s Veterinarian).

In the beginning of May 2014, after seeing a commercial which prompted researching more about the new daily dental treats from Milk-Bone (under the trademark Milk-Bone Advanced Oral Care: distributed by Del Monte Pet Products, a Division of Del Monte Foods based in San Francisco, California), I consulted my dachshund’s Veterinarian about my dog using them. She informed me that products accepted by the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) were something she advocated for pet owners to use (the FDA approved equivalent for pets - to give a familiar example). My dog’s Veterinarian also has been for years pro the Milk-Bone product line, recommended it to me when she first saw Fritz as a puppy in 2006.

Feeling good about my pet trying this new product, I went to a local store, and liked the reasonable price. Its price was mid-range for the type of product it is. Since my dachshund is a very picky eater, just to be on the safe side, I purchased the smallest carton of Milk-Bone Brushing Chews (14 treats).

My beloved pet at first sniffed the new Milk-Bone Brushing Chews, and then licked it before chewing on the treat as a dog is supposed. The dental treat lasted longer than his other dental hygiene treats. I noticed he had to chew on the Milk-Bone Brushing Chews more with both sides of his mouth, in the back as well as front, before he was able to eat the entirety. This dental daily treat’s Feeding Instructions made it clear this was a once a day only treat. I had to disappoint him when my dog asked for another (he does that every time if he likes what I give him to eat). I followed the instructions with zero deviation. In my opinion this is the best.

My husband has been complaining about Fritz’s bad breath for at least 7 ½ years insisting I should be able to curb it. I have tried everything Fritz liked (and the professional cleaning of them he did not care for). Nothing really helped keep his severe bad breath away. I was convinced my dog would be stuck with horrible breath for life. I did not truly believe everything Milk-Bone claimed in their commercial regarding their newly released Brushing Chews.

What I have witnessed within the first 8 days of my dachshund using this product is truly amazing! Milk-Bone aka Del Monte Foods was honest in their Brushing Chews commercial. Still sitting in your chair? Good. Yes, this was an amazing first to witness. I am very skeptical about commercial content; delighted my skepticism was unfounded in this case.

My dog’s health continues to be excellent, no concerning side-effects from the Brushing Chews, as he continues to use the Milk-Bone Brushing Chews daily, seven days a week. He enjoys their taste, takes his time chewing them as if to savor their deliciousness. From what I can tell, my dachshund is very pleased to use them. I am very relieved Fritz enjoys this daily dental treat for Fritz is not the type of dog to “like” most that is new to him.

Milk-Bone Brushing Chews definitely has my personal recommendation and appreciation. I am very grateful for this product. It has positively enhanced our lives (my husband’s, Fritz’s and mine as well as those who visit our home). We truly are grateful for our dachshund’s better smelling breath and whiter teeth.

Wishing you and your pet good health plus tons of adventures together!

Results: First 8 days usage of Milk-Bone Brushing Chews

The first 8 days of what occurred while my dachshund used the Milk-Bone Brushing Chews:

Day 1: A slight change in his bad breath, no noticeable change in teeth color.

Day 2: Morning breath ½ of what it was prior to Day 1, teeth still same yellow-white color normal for an 8 year old dachshund.

Day 3: Morning breath cut ¾ compared to Day 1, teeth color improved slightly (whitening effect beginning to be noticed in 8 year old dog).

Day 4: Morning breath same as Day 3 (truly a blessing), teeth slightly whiter (yellow noticeably lighter) compared to Day 1 – 3.

Day 5: Morning breath almost gone, barely noticeable (miracle!) and has a sweet oat smell to breath (before using the chews my dachshund's breath did not have anything close to an oat smell), teeth definitely whitening; the older dog yellowing disappearing on his teeth.

Day 6: Morning breath same as Day 5, teeth have ½ the yellow of Day 1 and 2. The positive difference is amazing!

Day 7: Morning breath same as Day 5 – 6, teeth have ¾ of the yellow disappeared compared to Day 1 and 2. His teeth are almost white (like when my dachshund was 6 years of age when I first noticed the yellowing beginning).

Day 8: The morning breath continues to be barely noticeable with the sweet oat smell (these dental treats can only do so much for a pet with severe halitosis), teeth as white as a dog that is 2 to 4 years of age! His teeth are much prettier, a beautiful pearly white with the older dog yellowing gone; truly stunning!

I would not have believed these results if I had not personally witnessed them. In my opinion these are worth sharing with other pet lovers.

Note: The whiter the teeth, the healthier it is for the pet. Yellowing of the teeth means tarter and plaque build up which can contribute to bad pet breath (per my dachshund's Veterinarian).

5 stars for Milk-Bone Brushing Chews

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