Brush N Play Dog Toy
Brush N Play Dog Toy is a new dog toy that is designed to be entertaining and healthy. When dogs play with this toy, they naturally bite down and chew on it the same way they do on other toys. Veterinarians recommend such toys as an integral part of dental care. For this reason, the toy is designed with raised bits that naturally brush the teeth as they come into contact with them so your dog's mouth stays clean.
Total Cost Breakdown
The cost of Brush N Play Dog Toy is $14.99 plus $4.99 shipping, for a total price of $19.98.
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- Remove Plaque
Purportedly this toy will help to remove plaque and tartar from your dog’s mouth.
- Doggy Safe
It is safe for use on dog teeth and gums.
- Goodbye Bad Breathe
You can alleviate bad dog breathe inadvertently.
- Easy to Clean
When you are done using it, it can be washed by hand or just thrown in the dishwasher.
- Two Sizes
There are two different sizes available for different sized dogs.
- Exercise and Dental Care
Brush ‘N Play is a dog toy, one designed to not only give your dog exercise, but to brush their teeth while they play. Theoretically, this is a great idea because most dogs do not want to sit still for teeth brushing unless they have already been allowed exercise or time to run around. Integrating a toy means that they will be more apt to get their teeth cleaned, much the same way that they will take pills wrapped in food.
The Brush ‘N Play is a star-shaped toothbrush toy that makes it easier to maintain proper doggy dental hygiene. It is recommended by veterinarians that dogs play with toys which are designed to help, or at the very least not hurt, their teeth. Vets recommend toys, among other things, to supplement regular dental care. .
Does It Really Work?
Unfortunately this toy is not a substitute for regular teeth care. It is certainly a great addition, something that works better as a supplement rather than a replacement. When dogs play with it, the smaller nubs that are designed to brush against the teeth and gums during play time will certainly help to get rid of some bad spots. They will work to alleviate a degree of bad breath and might even be a suitable substitute in between brushings.
However, this toy is not effective as a teeth brushing replacement. You will still have to maintain proper dental care for your dog with regular teeth brushing. The reason being, the toy will not necessarily reach all areas of the mouth. While dogs play with it, they might only use one side of their mouth or just their front teeth to really bite down. There is no way to guarantee that they get all of their teeth.
How it's Different from Competitors
Dogs are not as prone to cavities as humans are. However, in spite of legends that their mouths are cleaner than that of their owners, they are still susceptible to issues like plaque buildup, tartar, and gingivitis. Beyond simple issues like bad breath and gingivitis, the dental problems dogs can experience can also lead to infections and life threatening conditions. That said, practicing good dental care for dogs is just as important as doing so for humans.
So, with that in mind, this toy is designed to be a replacement ( though it is better suited as a supplement to ) for regular dental doggy care. By designing a soft chew toy with the special raised bits, the raised bits brush against the teeth of the dog while the dog plays with it. In theory this alleviates the need to brush as often while giving pet owners a chance to kill two birds with one toy, as it were. No other toy on the dog toy market thus far claims to brush teeth while killing smelly breath.
- Pooch Smooch
Pooch Smooch is an alternative of sorts. Also a dog toy, it is meant to help dogs with bad breath but it does not actually brush against their teeth like this toy does. This alternative is easy to use and has a nice pooch paste with a flavor most dogs enjoy. There are no intrusive techniques required for it to work. Unfortunately it, like the Brush ‘N Play, is not a suitable substitute for regular dental care.
Doggy Oral Hygiene
In addition to using this toy, you still need to maintain order in your dog’s mouth as their owner. This starts with brushing. You need to use a canine toothbrush regularly. Double headed brushes are best and cleaning should be done at a forty five degree angle so as to reach below their gums. Dogs do not always enjoy having their teeth brushed, much the same as humans. So your job is to make it as pleasant as possible. After a decent amount of running around, dogs are more inclined to sit still for the brushing affair.
The first few times you brush, do not overdo it. Start off slowly and once the dog is agitated, let them go. For the first few times you might not even clean the entire mouth. Giving the dog a reward or treat after the brushing is a good way to train them to at least sit still for the experience, if not enjoy it.
Picking the appropriate toothpaste for your dog is important. Human toothpaste is never acceptable. Most toothpastes that you use contain fluoride, something very poisonous for dogs. There are special toothpastes formulated for dog safety available at almost all pet stores.
Tooth brushing is made easier and more effective if you use the appropriate food. Dry food is better for dog oral health compared to soft food. Crunchier foods like kibble will help to clean the teeth and at the very least not contribute to the bacteria. Comparatively, soft food is more like to leave residue on the teeth which can lead to decay.
- Bones and Toys
Synthetic bones and chew toys designed for dogs will help to improve the strength of their teeth and their gums. Hard objects, however, will break their teeth which is why you need to ensure your dog is only chewing on safe objects.
Tips & Tricks
- Start Early
Brush ‘N Play is one example of a safe object on which to chew. Safe objects like chewing bones or tows help to reduce buildup while keeping teeth strong in conjunction with all of the aforementioned dental methods of doggy dental hygiene. However, just like all other forms of dental care, if you have a young dog, start the process of teeth maintenance early on. It is much easier to integrate regular canine dental work like playing with this toy if you start the process when they are a puppy.