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 Post subject: Need Help for Tooth Plaque!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:41 pm 
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Hi all! It's been a while since I've been by... how's everyone been?

I was checking Schroeder's teeth randomly the other day and was shocked by how much plaque he's built up. I definitely want to do something before it gets out of control and would prefer to not give him anesthesia if at all possible.

What do you all use to keep your babies' teeth clean? I seem to remember some of you saying you use bullysticks and something else... I'm up for trying anything. In the past, chewing bones has helped greatly, but he hasn't had much interest in those recently. Thanks!

Ashley


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 Post subject: Re: Need Help for Tooth Plaque!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:45 pm 
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I'm so glad you asked about this Ashley! :th-up I was just thinking about this problem today and trying to find products in my local Petsmart to help get Oliver's teeth under control. I know no products are perfect for keeping teeth in great shape, but Oliver's plaque seems to build up at an alarming rate!

I'd love your feedback forum members!


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 Post subject: Re: Need Help for Tooth Plaque!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:36 pm 
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I brush Chessie's teeth every time I comb her... which is a couple times a week.
I've used a liquid product that goes in her water...
I've tried a powder product that goes on her food...
I've given her "man made" chews ... some star shaped treat... another that was a green tooth brush shaped ...

Nothing does the job as well as letting her chew on a raw meaty bone a couple times a week. Even once a week does a better job than all the above. Not only does it keep the teeth clean but it will remove the tarter build up. (I use beef rib bones or Large oddly shaped bones. No weight bearing bones and Nothing Cooked!)

The worst part of it is my little princess doesn't like to hold her own bone... so I get to hold it for her! :tg

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help for Tooth Plaque!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:43 pm 
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I agree with Lisa. Charlie's teeth have never been as clean as when he was eating raw chicken necks and bones. But since we changed his diet, he can't have those bones.

I should check around and see if I can get raw lamb bones (that's the protein in his kibble and he's doing well on it).

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help for Tooth Plaque!
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Lisa: Aren't they messy, though? I just have visions of greasy carpeting.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help for Tooth Plaque!
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Tina,

They are not usually very greasy since ours start out frozen, but there can be a bit of blood as they thaw... nothing horrible but I'd rather keep it off my carpets. Many people give them to the dog outside, in the kitchen or in their crate... I have Chessie trained to stay on a rug that can be washed. Chessie is a spoiled princess, if I don't hold them for her all she will do is lick at them and lie on the rug looking rather pitiful LOL. So I put a snood on her... make myself comfortable with my tablet in my right hand and the bone in my left I sit and read while she eats.... boy am I trained? :tg I wash her face with apple cider vinegar and water afterwards. It's not that bad.. I've gotten good at tapping to turn pages with my right hand and I still have all my fingers on my left. :lol2

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Lisa: Aren't they messy, though? I just have visions of greasy carpeting.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help for Tooth Plaque!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:27 pm 
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Vicky & Charlie wrote:
I agree with Lisa. Charlie's teeth have never been as clean as when he was eating raw chicken necks and bones. But since we changed his diet, he can't have those bones.

I should check around and see if I can get raw lamb bones (that's the protein in his kibble and he's doing well on it).


It's pricey lamb loin chops, but better than being put out to clean the teeth. Yes chicken or turkey necks even chicken feet if you can find them. The big possessors send their feet to the Orient. :gig


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