WORST Dental Treats?!😱 Why I tossed these, & what I use instead!

I recently discovered some dental treats for my furry friend, but to my horror, they turned out to be the worst ones! So, I decided to toss them out and look for an alternative that truly works. In this blog post, I wanted to share with you my experience of finding the best dental treats for my pup and why I decided to switch from the worst ones. Keep reading to find out what I use instead and how it could benefit your furry friend’s dental health too!


Hey there! I’m Rachel Fusaro, a passionate pet lover, and advocate for adopting and rescuing furry friends. As a responsible pet parent, I am always on the lookout for the best products to keep my pups happy, healthy, and comfortable. My latest video, titled WORST Dental Treats?!😱 Why I tossed these, & what I use instead!, stirred up quite a buzz and for all the right reasons – my viewers watched as I unpacked online-bought dental chews that I did not like and proceeded to show which ones I had found better for my pups’ dental and mental health. In this article, I will discuss the reasons behind my dislike for the products and offer my recommendations for chews that I prefer.

The Worst Dental Chews

After trying out several dental chews on the market, I found the following products not suitable for my dogs:

Paws and Pals Natural Rawhide Chips

I bought these chews online after reading a couple of online reviews, but they were not up to scratch. First of all, they were way too small, and my pets could swallow them whole, making them a choking hazard. Second, they had a funky smell that I attributed to poor quality.

Pedigree Dentastix

These are a popular choice among pet parents, but the Dentastix chews did not cut it for me. First, they contain sugar and are high in calories, which could cause severe health issues in dogs. Second, the chews can get stuck in between your dog’s teeth and cause gum irritation.

Milk-Bone Brushing Chews

Milk-Bone is a popular treat brand, but the brushing chews did not impress me. Despite the brand’s claims that they reduce tartar and plaque build-up, I observed little to no change. Additionally, the Milk-Bone chews were incredibly soft, which allowed my dogs to consume them in seconds, defeating the purpose.

Dental Treats Recommendations

After tossing the above chews, I recommend the following treats for dental and mental health:

Yak Chew

The Yak Chew is a durable and tasty treat that satisfies my dogs’ chewing needs while promoting healthy teeth and gums. Made from Yak milk, these chews are rich in calcium, protein, and other minerals, making them perfect for growing pups, older dogs, and dogs with sensitive stomachs.

Crumps Dental Sticks

Crumps Dental Sticks are another excellent choice for promoting healthy teeth and gums. They contain no grains and are entirely gluten free, making them perfect for dogs with food allergies. Additionally, the chews last longer than most, giving my pups plenty of time to enjoy them.


CocoChew is a great alternative for dogs that are sensitive to Yak milk. Made from coconut husks, these chews are filled with fiber that promotes digestive health.

Real Dog Box Chews

Real Dog Box offers an excellent selection of chews that cater to every dog’s dietary needs. Their chews range from bones to sticks, and they are an excellent choice for pet parents that want variety.

Bully Chew

Bully chews are rich in protein and low in fat, making them a healthy snack for pets. They are long-lasting, and my dogs love to chew on them for extended periods.

Dental Chews & Supplements

Dental chews and supplements are a great way to maintain your pup’s oral hygiene. However, before trying any dental supplement, ensure that your dog does not have any underlying conditions that could cause severe health issues.

DIY Toothpaste

Creating a homemade toothpaste is an excellent way to maintain your dog’s oral hygiene. All you need is baking soda, coconut oil, and essential oils. However, it is essential to consult your veterinarian before trying any DIY solutions.


As a passionate pet lover, I know how crucial dental and mental health is to my dogs. In my latest video, I reviewed and tossed underperforming dental chews and recommended a selection of healthy treats that I prefer. However, it’s important to remember that every pet is unique and what works for me might not work for you. These are just my opinions to help spark questions for pet parents to research better options.


  1. Can I give my dog any type of chew for oral hygiene?
    No, some chews, like rawhides, are not appropriate for all dogs. Always check with your veterinarian before trying any new chews or supplements.

  2. How often should I give my dog dental chews?
    It depends on your pup’s dental hygiene needs. Consult with your veterinarian for specific instructions.

  3. Can dental chews replace brushing my dog’s teeth?
    No, dental chews are not a substitute for daily brushing. However, they can complement your brushing routine.

  4. How do I know if my pet’s dental health is being maintained?
    Look for signs like fresh breath, minimal tartar build-up, and healthy gum lines. Schedule regular dental checkups with your veterinarian to monitor your pet’s dental hygiene.

  5. Are dental chews safe for dogs with food allergies?
    Yes, dental chews that contain no grains or gluten are safe for dogs with food allergies. Always check the ingredients list before purchasing.