Brush Bone is a rubber dog bone made up of two parts that, taken together, are meant to help your dog automatically brush its own teeth while chewing on the bone. The bone is made up of an outer blue shell with tooth-shaped slots and nubs to massage the gums, along with an inner green insert with cleaning nodules and small spaces for treats or toothpaste. This bone is purported to be suitable for dogs of various ages and sizes.
The cost of Brush Bone is $14.99 plus $5.99 shipping for a total price of $20.98.
Before you put the two pieces of your dog's Brush Bone together, you can add a treat (like peanut butter or cheese) or toothpaste to two different slots within the green piece. If you decide to add toothpaste to the slots, make sure it's a type of toothpaste that's made for dogs and not the type that's made for humans. No matter what you add to these slots, avoid overfilling them.
Next, slide the fairly slim green piece into the larger, bone-shaped blue piece. Once you do this properly, the green piece should be almost completely concealed by the blue outer shell.
With the two rubber pieces together, offer the bone to your dog so they can have a chew. Since the outer shell is bright blue, this should attract the majority of dogs to the toy, especially considering the shape. If your dog doesn't seem interested at first, leave it beside them for a few minutes, and it'll likely capture their attention eventually.
Allow your dog to chew the Brush Bone for as long as they'd like to, while ensuring that you supervise them the entire time, instead of leaving them alone with the bone. When they're done, give both parts of the bone a rinse-off and store it in a safe place until you decide to offer it to your dog again. The more often they chew it, the cleaner the dog's teeth will be.
When your dog starts chewing on their Brush Bone, its parts will work to improve the dog's oral health in three different ways. Initially, the dog's teeth will travel through the tooth-shaped slots of the outer shell, which will scrape plaque off their teeth, to reach the cleaning nodules of the inner green piece. These nodules will clean their teeth, while the nodules on the outer shell will massage their gums at the same time. Once your dog has chewed on this bone for at least a few minutes, and all three of these things have occurred, the dog should have teeth that look clean and feel good.
Dogs of any size, from a large Saint Bernard to a small poodle, can use the standard size of the Brush Bone safely. It's also suitable for dogs of any age. If you've got more than one dog in your household, they may be able to share one or more bones, although you should rinse each bone off before the user changes.
The duo of professionals that invented this doggie bone includes a dentist and a hygienist, which indicates that they've incorporated a great deal of accurate dental knowledge into the design.
The rubber used to make each piece of these bones is said to be durable, which means that if your dog doesn't chew it too aggressively, one of them may last for years.
A potentially harmful chemical compound, BPA, is still found in some rubber products today, but it won't be present within any Brush Bone. This chemical compound could be toxic to both humans and animals, so by using this bone instead of an alternative, you can let go of any worries about exposing your dog to toxicity.
Rinsing your dog's bone after each use is typically fine, but if the exterior gets super-dirty or any food inside it is more than a day old, it should be cleaned more thoroughly. If you've got a dishwasher, it's safe to put both parts in there, though they should be detached from each other before you do so. Otherwise, you can wash the pieces by hand with dish soap and water, but you should make sure every trace of soap is rinsed off before you give the bone back to your dog.
Dogs with dirty teeth tend to also have bad breath, so if they start cleaning their teeth frequently by chewing on their Brush Bone, the smell of their breath should improve. Any people who hang out with your dog on a regular basis, including you, may find it more fun when there isn't a foul smell being exhaled directly from your dog's mouth into human faces.
Some dogs can get upset and even angry if you chase them around with a toothbrush and stick it in their mouth, but being offered a Brush Bone is unlikely to upset your pet. They'll probably see it just as they would any other toy, and they likely won't even realize that they're getting a teeth-cleaning as they gnaw on it. Using this bone may seem like a relief to you if you usually have to deal with whimpering or growling as you brush your dog's dirty teeth with an ordinary toothbrush.
Having good oral health can make a dog healthier overall, which may make them live for up to years longer than they otherwise would have. Even if your senior dog hasn't been taking care of their teeth very well, it's never too late to start helping them do so by introducing them to this bone.
You can give your dog any Brush Bone that you have on hand for as long as you'd like to, provided that no pieces have broken off from any others. Nonetheless, for optimum results, it's best to give your dog a new bone once a month, especially if they use their bone every day. These bones come as singles, but they also come in packs of three, six, or 12, so if you get a pack, you'll have some replacements ready at hand.
This type of bone is suitable for the vast majority of dogs, but if your dog is what could be defined as an aggressive chewer—they tend to tear apart toys—avoid giving it to them. If they were to bite off a piece and swallow it, they could physically harm themselves. Along the same lines, no matter what your dog is like, ensure that you watch them closely as they use the bone, and take it away immediately if any piece splinters off.
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