Chew On This
April 8, 2011 § 21 Comments
Immediately after having adopted Maple, MM and I went on our first maiden shopping trip for dog-related supplies. On top of the list was toys. A blue bone caught my eye, ‘Oh, look! I’m sure Maple would love to play with this…’ And that was how Maple’s love affair with her Nylabone developed.
Back then, we knew diddly squat about dental chews. We thought we were simply buying a funky chew toy. As it turns out, this chew toy is not only an object of play for Maple but also does double-duty as a plaque removing tool. In theory, the round nubs on the surface of the Nylabone dental chew are supposed to work like bristles that gently massage teeth and gums, thereby attacking plaque build-up and bad breath.
We think Maple finds her blue bone irresistible not so much because of its shape or texture but, rather, because of its flavour-enhancement (which, by the way, our human senses are unable to detect).
Image Source: http://www.nylabone.com
Flavour-enhancement? Yes, the flavour-enhancement aspect of the Nylabone is a bit of a mystery. Moreover, Nylabone claims that the dental chews are enhanced with ‘natural’ flavours. I’m eager to know how a plastic product can be infused with ‘natural’ flavours—it seems a little peculiar. I’ve put on my investigator’s hat and recently emailed the folks at Nylabone with some questions, so do come back for the update if you’re as curious as me!
Eventually, we hope to introduce Miss Maple to raw bones which we feel is an effective (and perhaps more authentic) method of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Our blogging friend, Didi, from My Little Dog, wrote a very informative and inspiring article about raw bones—if, like us, you are also considering the idea of supplementing your furkid’s diet with raw bones, you may want to check it out!
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UPDATE (28 April 2011)
As promised, we wrote in to Nylabone and inquired about the flavour-enhancement aspect of their non-edible dental chews like the blue-coloured bone shown with Maple in the photos above. After one month of correspondence, we feel dismayed by Nylabone’s reply and are now more convinced than ever that we ought to look into alternative dental chews. That’s just our personal opinion. Here’s the email transcript for anyone else who shares our curiosity about Nylabones.