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Farnam Easy Brush For Dogs
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Easy Brush for Dogs makes canine dental hygiene a snap.
October 18, 2010 8:08 pm | By Zootoo Editor Melba B.
How do you keep your dog's mouth in top shape, when getting him to cooperate with a good brushing can be a struggle? Many vets recommend cleaning your dog's teeth every couple of days to keep plaque and tartar at bay and maintain your pet’s overall health. So why not let Fido brush his own teeth? That's the idea behind the Easy Brush Dental Device, the first "chew-it-yourself toothbrush for dogs."
Shaped like a bone, Easy Brush triggers dogs' natural instincts to grip it between their paws to chew. Bristles on each side of the "bone" clean top and bottom teeth at the same time, brushing away food particles and plaque. The product is available in two sizes, Small-Medium and Large, and is super easy to use—just rub dog toothpaste into the bristles on one end, and hand it to your dog. It's that simple.
I've let my dog brush his teeth with this toothbrush many times, and he always seems to enjoy using it (especially with chicken-flavored toothpaste). The instructions advise against using Easy Brush for more than two minutes at a time to avoid irritation — just as vigorous brushing can irritate human gums. In our experience, the plastic bristles have caused gum bleeding on occasion, but this problem improves with use. It's also a good idea to take the bone away after only a couple of minutes to encourage your dog to continue to view it as a reward. That process works well for us.
The product directions make maintenance seem fairly easy — claiming that one can just rinse any remaining toothpaste out of the bristles, or wash in the dishwasher after each use. But I've found the brush never gets totally clean, no matter what I do.
In short, this is an easy-to-use product that does get some results. My dog's breath certainly seems fresher and his teeth do show improvement when we use the Easy Brush regularly. But sometimes, I feel like he's licking the toothpaste too much and not doing enough actual brushing for the toothbrush to be effective. But if your dog simply refuses to have you clean his teeth, give this product a try—it could be the ticket to your dog's continued dental heath.
Pros: Extremely easy to use; can be used as a reward for your pooch.
Cons: Hard to clean completely; dogs may lick the toothpaste more than chew the brush.
Reader's Reviews (19)
Such fresh breath
posted 5 years ago
The dogs did enjoy this toothebrush chewy.. Although my floors didn't like it as much.. and there are better dental bones out there... i wouldn't suggest this product to a friend over another such product.
Pros: Dogs like the chewy taste
Cons: a little pricy, peices fall all over the floor..
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