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Old 07-11-2007, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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I saw a comment from another member which prompted me to start this thread. What have you found to be the best solution for your dog's teeth? I would like to avoid going to the vet if I can find a decent solution to maintaining the health of my dogs teeth and gums.

Thanks to all and to PureHapa.
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Brushing them daily an enzymatic toothpaste made especially for dogs is a great start. Also, allowing them to chew rope toys, various parts of cattle that you can get; tracheas, tendons and the like are beneficial so long as you supervise them and they dont' actually eat the rope toys.
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:44 PM
 
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Our dogs eat only dry food and get their teeth cleaned during grooming. never had a problem
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Old 07-11-2007, 09:03 PM
 
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If your dog will let you, brushing is the most effective home care. If it's not tolerated, chewing on bones and dental chews will help. You can also by something called Oxyfresh which you put in your pets water to help kill bacteria/bad breath. The oxyfresh alone will not do much, but combined with other home care, can be helpful.
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Old 07-11-2007, 10:30 PM
 
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Feeding them dry food helps. But most importantly, if you get the dog into the habit of having its teeth brushed at least weekly, you are off to a good start. I've found dental cleaners with some type of chlorhexidine solution work best. However, even the best efforts don't work the same with all breeds. My beagle has great teeth even at 16, but my Yorkie has had dental problems since he was young despite daily brushing.
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Many thanks for your suggestions.
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Old 07-13-2007, 07:40 PM
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Location: Sebastian/ FL
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Default Funny to discover this thread......

Because I just came back from the anual vet exam for my 2 pups.
I was concerned as well, about their teeth and gums, since they both HATE getting their teeth brushed, and will not co-operate what so ever. So, the only alternative I have is to give them meaty bones, and pig ears in between. (Raw hide makes them both sick, a rope they will have taken apart and will eat it within 1/2 hour, and those mint chew things for clean breath and clean teeth they hate with a passion and won't eat either!!!)
The vet checked both (one pup is 1 1/2 the other 4 years old), and he says, whatever I am doing, to keep on doing. Teeth and gums on both are EXCELLENT!
(I was prepared of having my oldest ones teeth cleaned at the vet's office!...huh....what a relief....LOL )
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Old 07-14-2007, 03:14 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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if you don't do a raw diet, occasionally give them a whole raw chicken back for supper - the bone does an excellent job of scraping all the gunk off the teeth. Mine are on a raw diet and they have Pepsodent smiles!
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Old 07-16-2007, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Chicken bones?? Let me think for a moment - the chicken back is a softer bone? Is that okay - I though anything with chicken bone was a no-no as it could choak or get stuck in their throats. Thanks Sam I Am
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Old 07-16-2007, 01:42 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Only the cooked bones are really bad - they can splinter because they are dried out. Obviously, pick a bone that the dog can't swallow whole. Some people grind up the bones very roughly with a meat grinder - I have Rottweilers, though, so I don't grind anything - they do a fine job on their own.
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