Who doesn't like kisses? Especially when they are fresh kisses!
I think one of the fun things about having a dog is all the little kisses ( or big slobbery ones if you have a big dog)! Dogs are so willing to give unconditional love and affection. It's one of the most endearing qualities about them.
Unfortunately some of our dogs don't have the best breath and getting those loving dog kisses can be a little less than pleasant. Sweet kisses but bad breath!
There are several dental chews out there for dogs to help keep your dog's teeth clean.
Today we are going to see what Maui and Emma think of the Merrick Fresh Kisses All Natural Double-Brush dental chews. Yes, I said double-brush!
Not only will these dental chews help keep your dog's teeth clean they will also give your dog fresher breath!
Let's check them out!
The Merrick Company
I love the Merrick company because it was started by just a normal guy wanting to make great treats for his dog.
The company started in 1988 with the simple single natural treat called the Flossie. It ended up being a hit at trade shows and the company has done nothing but grow from that point on!
“Our faith, family, and country have always been at the core of what our company is about.
It was true when we started, and it’s still the same today.”
– GARTH MERRICK
Merrick's Five-Star Promises
As a company of integrity Merrick policies you five things:
- they use local growers for fresh produce and meats
- they use whole foods - no added sweeteners, preservatives, colors or other unnecessary additives
- foods are cooked in their kitchen located in Texas
- their foods offer balanced high-quality nutrition
- they offer "better food for better health"
Fresh Kisses Dental Treats
Fresh Kisses treats for dogs were formulated and designed with two purposes in mind -
- to clean your dog's teeth
- to give your dog fresher breath
Item number 1 is obviously very important to your dog's health but I would say 2 will also improve your daily life! You know what I mean if your dog has ever come up and breathed directly in your face!
Fresh kisses are available in two recipes. One is infused with coconut & botanical oils and the other recipe is infused with mint flavored breath strips!
Unique Design Cleans Teeth Better
At first glance, you may think that the Merrick Fresh Kisses looks similar to another brand of dental treat (yeah, the Greenies) but the Fresh Kisses have a unique design that enables them to clean your dog's teeth a little bit better.
Fresh kisses are designed as a double brush. They have a little toothbrush shape at each end of the treat so as your dog chews, those little toothbrush nubs get in there and give your dog's teeth a better clean.
Fresh Kisses Coconut & Botanical Oils Recipe
For being part of the Chewy influencer program Maui and Emma had the opportunity to try the Fresh Kisses free of charge in exchange for their (and my) honest opinion of the product.
We chose the coconut & botanical oils recipe.
The Fresh Kisses come in four different sizes -
Since Emma is about 20 pounds and Maui is about 60 pounds I opted for the medium-size - trying to hit the in between. Maui has a tendency to easily put on weight so I often tend to get a smaller sized treat than is recommended for her weight anyway.
Wow, I don't think I've ever seen a dog so excited to taste a treat before! I thought Emma was about to lose her mind waiting while was taking a couple product photos!
Emma suffered through having to wait to taste her Fresh Kisses while I tried to get them both settled to pose for a "with the treats" photo. This took way longer than I expected because Emma could not contain herself! I actually can't believe I got her to sit still long enough for a photo and she didn't go ahead and steal the dental treat while I was futzing around with my phone. What a good girl!
I could definitely smell the coconut as they ate their Fresh Kisses! This flavor recipe has peppermint oil as an ingredient and I can definitely smell the mint!
Coming out of the bag they didn't really have a bad smell either. I could smell a little hint of the mint coming through.
Both Maui and Emma love these. I can't really tell you that they love them more than any other dental treat we have tried, but they are definitely a hit that is for sure!
Botanical Oils in the Coconut & Botanical Oils Recipe
I was interested to know what potential oils are actually in this recipe so I figured you would be interested as well.
Oils included in the ingredient list are:
- Coconut oil
- Sunflower oil
- Peppermint oil
- Lemongrass oil
- Rosemary oil
Other ingredients - Say What?
The ingredient list for these treats is pretty short but there are a couple things in it that pique my curiosity.
One of the ingredients in these First Kisses is "natural flavor". I always hate something generic like that. What actually is "natural flavor"? The natural flavor of what? The natural flavor of .. Grass? Strawberries? Paper?
If it is something like the natural flavor of strawberries, why don't they just say that? While this may just be a little pet peeve of my own, I don't understand why they just can't list what the natural flavor actually is.
They also list "fruit juice color". Fruit juice color? What in the heck is that and what does that mean? How do you just add the color of a fruit juice? So does that mean they actually do put in artificial color? I'm not sure. While their website says they do not add artificial colors I'm kind of at a loss of what "fruit juice color" may be.
Is always important to watch the calories you give your dog.
When you give big treats like this they can pack a lot of calories and you definitely have to adjust the amount of mealtime food to give them to compensate for the extra treat calories.
This medium-size coconut and botanical oil Fresh Kisses contains 103 calories per treat.
That is definitely way too many calories for little Emma to get on a regular basis in a snack so I would definitely purchase a smaller size for her in the future.
Both dogs will get a bit of a decrease in their regular food tonight at dinner time to compensate for these extra calories.
Prices and Sizes
The Merrick Fresh Kisses dental chews come in threes size packages that I will call small, medium, and large.
You will get a different number of dental chews per package depending on the treat size that you pick.
For example, if you pick the large package you will get:
- 16 large-sized chews
- 22 medium-sized chews
- 36 small-sized chews
- 78 extra-small sized chews
Right now the prices on Chewy.com are around:
- $8.50 for the small package
- $12.75 for the medium package
- $25.50 for the large package
Chewy.com has some of the Fresh Kisses packages on sale right now ( prices and special offers are obviously subject to change).
If you'd like to take a look and check them out click on the button below to be magically transported to Chewy.com.
Merrick Fresh Kisses Final Review
Maui and Emma thoroughly enjoy the Merrick Fresh Kisses coconut and botanical oils dental chews!
Here is their final review:
Has your dog tried these before?
Does your dog (or you) prefer these or a different dental chew?
Emma loves these! Does your dog?
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