D.D.S. Dental Breath Mint Tin

D.D.S. Dental Breath Mint Tin (1 biscuit)

Our take: Well, it was good for a laugh, but that’s about all it was good for. First of all, most dogs don’t even like mint. Second of all…well, there is no second. If the dogs won’t eat them, the mints can’t work. The whole idea of a chewable breath mint for dogs seems flawed anyway, because dogs don’t chew slowly enough to let the mint do its job (if it even could be done).

The dogs weigh in:
My dog wouldn’t even lick this, no matter how much I jumped up and down and told her in a high-pitched, excited tone that it was a treat. She looked at me with such disappointment, as if I’d offered her shredded paper.

So I went on a mission to see if I could get a dog, any dog, to eat one. I handed them out right and left, and was treated like a neighbor who gives toothbrushes for Halloween. A Westie bit one in half, spit it out, licked each half, and eventually, albeit begrudgingly, ate both halves as though he would get in trouble if he didn’t clean his plate. His owner said it didn’t change his breath. As a last resort, I took them to a trio of tank-sized Labradors who appeared willing to ingest vinyl siding as an afternoon snack. This congenial group happily ate two mints each, and it seemed to improve their breath for a fraction of a nanosecond. Two minutes later, their breath was just as doggy as before.

Cost: low

–Phyllis DeGioia

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