Saturday, August 10, 2013

PRODUCT REVIEW: Virbac VeggieDent Chews

What dog doesn't love Greenies? And everyone is coming out with some kind of dental treat these days.

So when I got the offer to try a dental chew normally only available through veterinarians, I said of course. Brushing Lulu's teeth is a pain! A treat is much easier.

These are the CET VeggieDent Chews by Virbac Animal Health. We got them from Entirelypets.com.


The ingredients are simple and designed to be soluble: Corn starch, glycerin, soya proteins, rice flour, palatable agent, sorbitol, corn derivatives, water, potassium sorbate, chlorhexidine digluconate.

It reminds me of a really thick fruit leather in terms of texture.

Chewing it is supposed to help reduce plaque and loosen tartar. And dogs NEED to chew it, not gulp it down. Would Lulu do what she's supposed to?

Well it's not easy to chew, but Lulu certainly wasn't going to gulp it down. It took her several minutes to get through one treat. Bite, chew, chew, chew, chew. Bite, chew, chew, chew, chew. She couldn't wreck this treat the way she does, say, Dentastix or even the Greenies meant for her size.

PROS:
  • One a day can help keep teeth problems at bay, as the package says.
  • Soluble, so it won't cause a digestive problem.
  • Lulu likes it.
  • A bag of 30 is only $10.99 on the Entirely Pets.com site, which is cheaper than Greenies.
 Time will tell if it really does help Lulu's teeth.

 CONS:
  • Very little all-natural here.
  • Made in Vietnam.
  • Chewing is extremely important in order to make this treat work for your dog's teeth. If your dog is not good at chewing, if they take treats down whole, you either need to break it up and give them small pieces, or don't give it to them at all. The package says not chewing these treats properly could actually be harmful to the dogs.
  • Older dogs may not be able to chew these as well, depending on how good their teeth on. Lulu did not find these as easy to chew.
DISCLAIMER: This post was written on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network and EntirelyPets.com, I received a product for review as well as compensation for my time. Like all reviews on this Blog all thoughts and comments about the product are my own.

7 comments :

  1. This is a really good review guys. I used to highly recommend Virbac's CET Dental rawhide chews when I worked at the vet clinic. We did have these in stock at one point too, but they weren't as popular.

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    1. Thanks Ann. Once she's been eating them a while, I'll revisit there effectiveness. Did your dogs like the other chews?

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  2. Mom Kim here - just wanted to let you know I saw your message on Facebook - working on the answers to your questions and hope to send them in the next day or so. Team Beaglebratz also did a product review today and there are two giveaways from Chewy.com included. I left a comment on your post about Beagles talking - wasn't sure if you saw it. It is late now and need to get to bed so I can get up at 5:30am for work.
    Mom Kim

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  3. The pros are good, but all I could think with the cons was that a Jones bone will keep a dog gnawing for a long time, which is good for their teeth, and Jones bones are all natural and made in the USA. I'm a Jones fan. Can you tell? ;)

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  4. I agree the pros sound good. I would be a bit afraid of my big dogs swallowing whole so if not digestible that would be bad.

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  5. I like your objectivity in the review, thanks for the information! I'd be curious to see how my German Shepherd does with them. Do they come in larger sizes for big dawgs?

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  6. These are the products recalled in Australia, due to an increase of health problems...
    Here's the link

    http://truthaboutpetfood2.com/another-pet-product-sickens-pets-in-australia

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