Not that our boy has a major problem here, he doesn't, but we do want to keep his teeth as clean as possible, try to reduce the possibility of tooth decay, and keep his breath sweet. So, I am looking for any pearls of wisdom that anyone might be able to offer. What I am really looking for are suggestions on what we can give a 6 year old Golden Retriever, to replace those Dentastix 'type' chews (not the actual Pedigree ones), that my wife will insist on buying. I am not convinced that they do any good at all, as for one thing they are consumed before you can blink an eyelid, and on the other hand the ingredients don't fill me with any confidence.
Let me be a little specific! Our boy is rather manic when it comes to bones, hide chews and the like, and more often than not, because of the way he 'goes at it' will make his gums bleed. Such things will undoubtedly last longer, but I would prefer it if he didn't damage himself in the process.
I have given him Tripe Sticks in the past, which I presume may help with the problem. They are healthier in my view than some of the 'tat' that is marketed by some pet food companies, and those which can also be seen in popular supermarkets (I think that these may be also be made by the same pet food companies!
Regularity of use is also significant, as I am trying to get some weight off him. So I wouldn't want something that would potentially increase his weight.