Monthly Archives: March 2013

Booda Bones

Booda BonesBooda Bones are hard-textured, bone-shaped chews for dogs that seem to be fairly popular.  I have seen them at many local stores, as well as many online retailers.  The knobby, textured surface of Booda Bones  is supposed to help remove tartar buildup and plaque from dogs’ teeth as they chew.  While we are happy to report that they are wheat-free and made in the USA, they do break three of the other rules for inclusion here at Dachshund Rescue List:

  1. Booda Bones contain a corn product: corn starch
  2. Booda Bones contain added colors: carmine and caramel color
  3. Booda Bones contain a sugar substitute: sorbitol

Consequently, we cannot recommend Booda Bones as a good alternative to rawhide at this time.  Should they ever change their formula to be more natural and not contain any corn-related ingredients, that could change.
They do seem to be very highly rated at all the online retailers that I’ve checked, so if your dog does not have a corn sensitivity, you may judge that Booda Bones are still a worthwhile alternative to rawhide.  As always, please note that just because we don’t recommend a product does NOT mean it’s a bad product or that it wouldn’t be suitable for your dog – it simply means that it doesn’t meet the requirements to be included as a featured product here at Dachshund Rescue List.
☆☆☆☆☆ Booda Bones do not have a star rating at this time.  Since the wieners don’t test any chew that breaks the rules, it would be unfair of us to rate an untested product.

Booda Bones® are a registered trademark of the PetMate company

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Greenies

Greenies®Greenies are a very popular dental chew for dogs.  They are marketed as being the #1 veterinarian-recommended dental chews and clinically proven to provide a total oral health solution.  I really wanted to be able to recommend Greenies, as it seems they are already being given to so many dogs.  However, they break one of our rules for inclusion: the second ingredient is a wheat ingredient.
From what I have researched, there used to be many reports of Greenies resulting in bowel obstructions or choking episodes; leading to vet visits, surgeries, and sadly, even deaths.  The formula has since been changed and reports of problems are much fewer.
However, since they still break one of our rules, we cannot recommend Greenies as a good alternative to rawhide at this time.  Should they further change their formula to be wheat-free, that could change. As always, it is important to note that just because we don’t recommend a product does NOT mean it’s a bad product or that it wouldn’t be suitable for your dog – it simply means that it doesn’t meet the requirements to be included as a featured product here at Dachshund Rescue List.
☆☆☆☆☆ Greenies do not have a star rating at this time.  Since the wieners don’t test any chew that breaks the rules, it would be unfair of us to rate an untested product.

Greenies® treats are a registered trademark of the Nutro Company

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SmartBones

SmartBonesSince SmartBones are specifically marketed as the The Smart Alternative to Rawhide, I wanted desperately to be able to recommend them.  However, they break four(!) of the rules for inclusion here at Dachshund Rescue List:

  1. The number one ingredient of SmartBones is corn.
  2. SmartBones contain artificial flavors and colors.
  3. SmartBones contain added sugars/sugar substitutes
  4. SmartBones are made in China.

Consequently, we cannot recommend SmartBones as a good alternative to rawhide at this time.  Should they ever change their formula or begin manufacturing their product in the US, that could change.
It is important to note that just because we don’t recommend a product does NOT mean it’s a bad product or that it wouldn’t be suitable for your dog – it simply means that it doesn’t meet the requirements to be included as a featured product here at Dachshund Rescue List.
☆☆☆☆☆ SmartBones do not have a star rating at this time.  Since the wieners don’t any chew that breaks the rules, it would be unfair of us to rate an untested product.

SmartBones® is a registered trademark of PetMatrix, LLC

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