When do you draw the line in the sand?

I was down at my local pet store picking up a few things for the dogs when I came across a moral dilemma. I was looking all over the store for Pedigree Dentasticks. I like to break them in half and give them to our three corgi's when we go out' Well anyway I gave up and ask the girl at the register where they were. Well, she went into this long diatribe about how they don't carry any of the Pedigree product because they use inferior products and how the store only carries top of the line items and so on. Don't get me wrong I try to feed my dogs top of line food. Wellness to be exact but I find that the Dentasticks work really well on my dogs teeth and keep the tartar down and are relatively cheap. She suggested I use the Bully sticks instead. I had heard good things about them so I thought I would try them. Well after buying two sticks for like ten dollars. I gave them to the dogs and they made quick work of them and now I'm out ten dollars and back to square one. So here's the dilemma! Do you do what supposedly is the "Best' or do you do what is best for  'your' dog?

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Comment by Michelle on February 5, 2011 at 7:48pm
Everyone take a deep breath.....I am looking forward to your letters.....but my husband and I fed Pedigree exclusively to our australian shepard and he he lived to be 17 years old.  No I am not telling a whopper.  It seems everyone has such set opinions about dog food.  We caved with corgis and began feeding Science Diet only to be told that was junk as well.......What the?????  I just think everyone gets a bit carried away and militant I might add about the whole food deal.  Give those baby a denta stix......Apocalypse is not going to happen! :)  ^,,^
Comment by Rebecca Marie O'Bryan on February 5, 2011 at 7:41pm
i do what i know is best for my pets. i also feed teddy Dentasticks because like you said they work great on there teeth! he does get wellness and all natural treats from wellness but just to get a few minuets of "me" time and to help fight off tater i do give them to him. for a small treat dont worry what others say:)
Comment by Beth on February 5, 2011 at 5:57pm

We feed Dentastix and I never feel guilty when we do so.  However, they are high in calories and my dogs are both very easy keepers, so I save the Dentastix for times when I need to keep them out of my hair for five or ten minutes.  


We discovered a similar product from Get Naked and mine both love them.  Only 17 calories each.  I don't think they have the tartar-reducing studies to back them up like the Pedigree product does, but they do freshen breath very well. 




I've only seen them in PetSmart.  


We buy some organic or high-end products, and some big-name cheaper stuff, depending on what we are looking for.  I generally avoid treats that use sugar or lots of artificial colors and stuff, but that's my personal preference!   I agree with Sam; don't ever let anyone make you feel guilty about what you do for your own dogs.  I just ran into a woman at the raw food station at PetSuppliesPlus who was going on about how her dogs don't get that high-energy edge because they get no carbs.  I nod and smile and compliment her dogs and walk away.  

Comment by Sam Tsang on February 5, 2011 at 5:28pm
Hi Tim, don't let others make you feel bad or guilty about your choices. Every dog is different, one size does not fit all, what works for others doesn't mean it'll work for you too. I'm sure that girl meant well, but I bet you a box of greenies that she did not read the actual independent 3rd party Dentastix study or who the VOHC is. The purpose of the Dentastix is to encourage chewing / cleaning, not as a nutritional treat or a meal replacement. So Yes, do what works best for you and your dog.

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