Athena loves to chew, chew, chew. Whether it be on her Nylabone, antler, Kong, or a bully stick, this girl loves a good chew session. So when we recently discovered these Hip Doggie Loofa Dental Chews we were pretty excited for Athena to test one out.
Unlike any chew toy I've seen, this loofa is made of 100% vegetable loofa plant and can be safely ingested by dogs. Athena is drawn to its meaty flavor and chewability. Seeing as she spends most of her time "picking," this is a perfect chew toy for her. The edges of the starfish allow for some major picking action. As Athena picks and chews, the natural loofa works to floss and keep her teeth clean.
Athena finds this dental chew to be a great treat (we don't leave it out all of the time-- it only comes out for special occasions). So far it is in pretty good shape (she's had it since Christmas) with the edges of the starfish being the only parts to show wear. Athena isn't much of a toy eater, meaning that she will tear apart chews and stuffies, but she won't ingest anything during her rampages. So, even though this loofa is fully digestible, Athena hasn't eaten any of it.
The only downside to this chew toy is that it can get a bit messy when the little bits of shredded loofa start falling off. But it's nothing that a quick vacuum can't fix. It's also a toy that I know won't last forever and might not stand a chance up against a "power chewer."
At around $10 on Amazon, these dental chews are a great alternative to the usual nylabones, antlers, and bully sticks that Athena is accustomed to gnawing on. Once she's finished with this starfish, we might just have to get her a loofa ball and bone!
What are your dog's favorite chew toys?