I need something that my dogs can chew on that will help keep their teeth clean. They are fed raw, and normally get RMBs, which has always kept their teeth sparkling white. Problem right now is that I'm in Denver...it just keeps snowing and it's really cold. Not good weather for my little ones to be outside with bones, and I don't have a place in my house that the dogs can have them...just way too messy. So, in the meantime, any suggestions on the best chew to keep those pearly white white? Thanks for any ideas!
Although I feed a whole-prey-model raw diet, and the meat itself acts as the major teeth cleaner, my dog also is allowed bullysticks, which, I think, helps the process. You have to get the really good ones, though. They're pretty pricey but worth it for the long chewing time. The cheapos they sell just about everywhere aren't worth the money, IMO.
If you freeze the marrow bones then give them to the dogs, maybe in the kitchen, and use a baby gate, they are not to bad mess wise, as they usually get the meat off, and some of the marrow before it even starts to thaw. Just an idea. I've done this many times with little mess.
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If you have a tiled area then you really can't beat raw chicken necks and chicken wings; I personally do not recommend chews in the form of rawhide especially the kind that is made in china or vietnam as they have been known to use arsenic to dry it. I believe that anything natural is always the best way to go rather than having to depend on foods that have been processed and dried. If you have a crate you may wish to place them in their crates and give them their raw chicken necks and wings so that they don't make a mess anywhere else in the house; just line with bottom of the crate with newspaper or better still with a small mat as newspaper leaks ink.