Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do WHIMZEES® Dental Chews clean teeth?

    Our dental chews are designed to help remove plaque and tartar from dogs’ teeth by mechanically scrubbing the tooth. With a firm texture and unique designs, WHIMZEES encourage a longer chew time for extended cleaning and feature nubs and ridges to help clean hard to reach places similar to the bristles on a toothbrush.

  • Are the sizing guidelines important to follow?

    YES! Always choose correct sized WHIMZEES based on your dog’s weight. As with any edible product, it is important that pet parents monitor their dog to ensure the treat is adequately chewed. Swallowing any item without thoroughly chewing can be harmful to a dog. WHIMZEES are not suitable for dogs less than 2kg. Puppy WHIMZEES may be used from 3 months of age, and at 9 months of age, the puppy may be transitioned onto the adult WHIMZEES shapes appropriate for their weight.

  • Why is dental care important to a dog’s health?

    Dental care is important to a dog’s health because without it, dental disease is very likely to occur. Dental disease is a very common health issue, affecting 80% of dogs, with small breeds and senior dogs at the greatest risk. Dental disease includes any health issue affecting the mouth, including inflammation, tartar, gingivitis and periodontal disease. Since 2006, there has been a 23.3% rise in the prevalence of dental disease in dogs, with steady growth each year. Dental disease is painful and can cause drooling, a loss of appetite and depression in dogs. Worse still, if untreated, it may lead to other health problems, including heart, kidney or liver disease.

  • If I give my dog a dental chew, do I still need to get his teeth cleaned?

    Every dog’s teeth will be different and the best care for them is a combination of dental chews, tooth brushing and annual dental checkups. The good news is that by actively helping reduce plaque buildup on a daily basis, pet owners can promote an overall healthier mouth for their dog that can lower the need or delay the requirement for costly veterinary dental cleans.

  • Can you tell me more about the WHIMZEES® colours?

    WHIMZEES obtain their fabulous rainbow of colours from all natural ingredients, all of which provide nutritional benefits as well as a dash of flavour too. The brown colour is provided by malt, which also increases metabolism, improves muscle tone and promotes strong bones. The green colour is due to alfalfa, which also provides a source of vitamins K, C and B. And the red colour is provided by paprika extract, which contains vitamins A and C, both rich sources of antioxidants. Each colour has a slightly different flavour, and some dogs will show a preference for one over the other, so we always recommend trying all three to see which is your dog’s fave!

  • Is there any advice for making dental care a habit?

    Plaque can start to accumulate in as little as 24 hours so optimal plaque control for dogs ideally needs to be administered daily. Most dogs enjoy gnawing and chewing so giving them a tasty dental chew such as WHIMZEES on a daily basis is not only a good way to look after their teeth but it also provides a reward they look forward to. When used on a daily basis, WHIMZEES have been proven to lower plaque, which promotes healthier teeth, gums and fresher breath. In terms of making dental care a habit, we suggest weaving it into other daily routines like breakfast or dinner time, or at times when you brush your own teeth!

  • Aren’t all dental chews the same?

    While dental chews all focus on encouraging a dog to chew and have some form of mechanical abrasion on their teeth to remove the plaque and tartar, our chews work in different ways. With a firmer texture, WHIMZEES chews are proven to reduce plaque, tartar and bad breath, and best of all – WHIMZEES are 2X more effective at reducing plaque than the leading competitor dental chews and are proven to last 3X longer than leading competitor chews*#.

    *Based on studies of comparable products conducted by an independent kennel.
    #Excludes Veggie Sausage, Veggie Strip and Puppy.

  • Other dental chews are softer – how do they work?

    The chewy textures of other dental chews are designed to encourage a dog’s tooth to sink into the product with each bite to mechanically abrade the teeth. Compared to WHIMZEES, a leading competitor brand with a softer dental chew has been shown to be inferior at plaque reduction, with a significantly lower chew time and not reach the hard to reach teeth at the back of the mouth as well*.

    *Based on studies of comparable products conducted by an independent kennel.

  • What are the features and benefits of a WHIMZEES® dental chew?
    • Effective Dental Cleaning: 2x more effective than a leading competitor at removing plaque*
    • Longer Chew Time: The carefully chosen ingredients and patented high tech production process of WHIMZEES deliver a firmer dental chew. The firmer texture promotes a longer chew time for increased cleaning time as well as naturally helping to polish a dog’s teeth while chewing. WHIMZEES treats occupy dogs for a long time – proven to last 3X longer than a leading competitor chew.*
    • Unique Composition: WHIMZEES use the very best all natural ingredients to create a dental chew that not only supports a dog’s dental health, but is hypoallergenic, and low in calories^, making it perfect to be fed on a daily basis.
    • Unique Shapes: Grooves help work the chew into smaller spaces between dogs teeth, hollow shapes and spaces allow teeth to grip and chew more evenly and unique ridges & nubs encourage blood flow through the gums to help freshen breath
    • Hypo-allergenic: No wheat, no gluten and no GMOs to create a naturally hypo-allergenic treat that is suitable for more dogs, especially those with ingredient sensitivities.
    • Vegetarian, Limited ingredients: WHIMZEES contain just six to seven primary ingredients and no animal proteins, making them suitable for many dogs that suffer from dietary intolerances.

    *Based on studies of comparable products conducted by an independent kennel.
    #Excludes Veggie Sausage, Veggie Strip and Puppy.
    ^Excludes Rice Bone, Puppy, Select-a-Stix and Calmzees.

  • Is it true WHIMZEES® Dental Chews are “too hard” and increase the risk of dental fractures?

    The patented textures of WHIMZEES Dental Chews contain higher levels of natural dietary fibre to deliver a firmer and longer lasting chew. Once a dog starts to chew or gnaw their WHIMZEES, the salivary glands are stimulated causing an increased production of saliva into the mouth, which helps to soften the texture of a WHIMZEES. This lets WHIMZEES deliver superior dental cleaning while also helping minimise the risk of dental fractures. As with any edible product, we always recommend dog parents select the correct size dental chew for their dog and monitor their dog while chewing.

  • How digestible are WHIMZEES® Dental Chews?

    The unique fibre structure and use of potato starch as a key ingredient in WHIMZEES ensures these chews are specially designed to be easily broken down by a dog’s body. It is always important for dog parents to follow feeding guidelines and size recommendations, monitor their dog while chewing and ensure they have access to plenty of fresh drinking water.

  • Why don’t you recommend WHIMZEES® for puppies younger than 9 months old?

    At WHIMZEES, we have developed our chews specifically to help remove plaque and tartar for adult dogs. In order to do so, they need to have specific shape characteristics and they need to have a certain hardness. Young dogs with deciduous teeth aren’t always capable of adequately chewing our products which are designed for adult dogs and they are still developing their strong swallowing reflexes. As a result, they may be at a higher risk of a dental fracture or biting off and swallowing a fragment that is too large. As such in order to always promote total wellbeing as well as dental health we do not recommend adult WHIMZEES for puppies less than 9 months of age. However, we have specifically formulated WHIMZEES puppy chews, which are suitable for puppies from just 3 months of age.

  • Are all WHIMZEES® Dental Chews vegetarian?

    WHIMZEES are made using limited, all natural, vegetable-based ingredients. We do not use any ingredients that have been made by or from animals or animal byproducts, which makes every dental chew vegetarian. They are also certified GMO-Free!

  • Is the WHIMZEES® Dental Chews packaging recyclable?

    Our packaging is recyclable but we always recommend checking with your local council regulations on the how and the where.

  • When I buy my WHIMZEES® Dental Chews in the bulk box, is it still fresh?

    WHIMZEES Dental Chews use only the highest quality natural ingredients to deliver a fun and functional dental chew for dogs. Using only all natural ingredients WHIMZEES chews may adapt slightly in the natural environment becoming more flexible in warmer humid climates and appearing more firm in the cooler dry months. You can be assured that the functional benefit of our WHIMZEES Dental Chew will maintain the same regardless of the environment and we always strongly advise store staff to ensure bulk boxes are replenished with suitable rotation principles to ensure you always receive the freshest WHIMZEES Dental Chews.