When bringing home a new dog be sure that a toothbrush is on the list of supplies you bring home with them. Oral hygiene is a very important and often overlooked part of having a husky. Tooth decay can result in nasty bacteria and plaque developing in your dog’s mouth leading to further health complications.
As a supplement to brushing your dog’s teeth you can also give them special treats designed to brush as they chew and fight bad breath in the process. Today I’ll be reviewing one such product, Nylabone’s Natural Nutri Dent Dental Chew Treats, which is one of our top recommended store bought treats. First we’ll discuss the company, then the product itself, the ingredients list, whether our Husky Aura approves of them, and finally some safety concerns when it comes to dental chews.
About the Company
According to their official website, Nylabone has been making long-lasting toys, chews, and dental treats since 1995. Founded by Glen Axelrod they claim to be the world’s largest pet book publisher and make treats and toys for dogs of all sizes and breeds. Unfortunately not much more is given about the company other than that they are family-founded.
Nylabone Natural Nutri Dent Dental Chews
Nylabone natural nutri dent dental chews are tooth-brush shaped treats designed to remove plaque and tartar from your dog’s teeth as they chew on them. They come in various sizes; mini, small, medium, and large.
Your dog’s weight will determine which size is appropriate. Mini is for dogs 5 – 10 lbs, small for 10 – 15 lbs, medium for 15 – 30 lbs, and large for dogs 30 lbs and up. We purchase the large size filet mignon flavored ones for our husky Aura and try to give her one once a day. They also come in chicken and ‘fresh breath’ flavors.
Amazon offers them in packages of ten or sixteen for large dogs. It’s very important that you purchase the correct size treats for your dog and that you give them no more than two in one day for reasons I’ll explain a little later.
Nylabone’s dental chews claim to be made with ‘limited ingredients‘. I’m personally not a fan of the fact that wheat starch is the main ingredient as wheat should typically be avoided when selecting dog treats. I would also like to have seen beef (filet mignon flavoring) higher on the list of ingredients.
However, when compared to competitors like Greenie’s, Nylabone’s treats use fewer ingredients so by comparison they do indeed use ‘limited ingredients’. You should only give your dog up to two of these treats per day anyways so they shouldn’t be eating too many of them. They are more of a supplement for good oral hygiene than a treat.
Ingredients: Wheat Starch, Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Gelatin, Lecithin, Cellulose Powder, Oat Hulls, Beef (Filet Mignon Flavor)
Does Aura Approve?
Like many rescue dogs, Aura suffers from separation anxiety so when my partner leaves for work in the morning he often gives her a Nylabone dental chew as a parting gift. She absolutely loves these treats and just one keeps her mind and mouth occupied while he makes his exit.
This strategy has been extremely helpful with Aura’s anxiety. It helps her associate his leaving with something good and prevents her from chewing on things she shouldn’t be. These treats are specifically designed to be very enticing to dogs and they are great for their oral hygiene too!
Are Dental Chews Safe For Huskies?
As mentioned earlier, it is extremely important that you choose an appropriate size dental chew for your dog. This is because there have been reports of pets choking on dental chews or swallowing chunks that have not been chewed enough which then expand in the stomach or intestines and become stuck there.
Should you choose to purchase any kind of dental chew for your dog I recommend you watch them closely at first to ensure they chew the treat adequately and don’t just swallow them whole. You should also make sure that they have access to water when eating one of these treats. In my experience it takes quite awhile for Aura to chew one up and we have never had any problems with Nylabone’s dental chews.
Now that you know a little about the company Nylabone, what their ‘natural nutri dent dental chew’ treats are used for, what ingredients are in them, that Aura can’t get enough, and the choking concerns that come with dental chews you should be able to make an informed decision on whether Nylabone’s dental chews are right for your dog.
I recommend purchasing these dental chew treats and using them with regular teeth cleaning to keep your husky happy and healthy with fresh breath. I want to stress one more time to make sure you get an appropriately sized dental chew for your dog. If you’re not sure feel free to ask me about your particular pup in the comments below!