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Old 07-02-2010, 01:01 PM
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Hello,

I haven't been here in a while but I'm glad to be back. I thought I'd ask some help about this bad breath issue. And I mean really bad...

Tamara is 5 and has had tartar build-up and bad breath for years. I bring her to the vet to have it removed once in a while, but I don't like to, because it means anesthesia and there are risks associated with it. Also, vets always want to extract teeth when they do it (I give specific instructions not to, because I don't want her to have only one teeth left when she's 10 or so...)

She eats dry kibble, free feed, once a day. She does well with that, she's the perfect weight. She eats in the same bowl as her Boston T. sister. Now, here's my question : what should I feed her so she doesn't accumulate tartar as much ? (I can't brush her teeth, I've tried, it's mission impossible). Would canned food be better ? Or put water in her kibble ? If possible, I'd like to be able to feed my Boston the same, but I can also seperate them on feedings.

Here's a pic of the two sisters :

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I feed a raw diet and the dental benefits are huge. It's not for everyone, but if you are interested and open to it, it is a very healthy diet.

The first page of this post gives you the information you need to learn more about it.

Are you considering a raw diet?

If you aren't interested in doing a raw diet, you can still get some of the dental benefits by feeding raw meaty bone-in pieces, such as wings, drumsticks, thighs, ribs, etc. in place of a kibble meal. Bullysticks can also be helpful if your dog is a vigorous chewer.

Do not feed cooked bones ever. That includes the smoked bones you get at pet stores. Rawhide is also not advised. The raw soup or marrow bones from the butcher CAN be appropriate, but it depends on your dog. I hesitate to recommend them as they are known to be tooth breakers for some dogs. The best way to clean teeth is with a natural, species appropriate diet.

Expecting kibble to clean teeth is like chewing crackers and then expecting your teeth to be clean. There is NO scrubbing action that is going to clean teeth, this is a myth.

There are also products you can use, such as petzlife oral gel which is supposed to be good at dissolving tartar. I haven't used these products but have heard good reviews.

I would also advise you to stay away from 'greenies' and other dental treats. There have been cases of impactions and blockages from these products. They are just hardened corn starch.

A natural diet is best, in my opinion.

Here's a picture of Brody's teeth. He is almost 2. He's never had a dental and has never had a speck of build up on his teeth.

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Wow, those teeth are really clean !

Unfortunately, I don't think raw feeding is for me, although I really believe in its benefits. But maybe I could give her a few raw pieces once in a while, to help.

She's only 4 pounds, what kind of raw meat would be good for her, are chicken wings and thighs too big ?

I will check out the products you are mentioning. Thanks !
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When I first got Pip and Roo I took them both in for dentals (they had a lot of tartar build up, yellow/brown teeth etc) and their teeth came out pristine. I now brush their teeth every other day with a special doggie toothpaste and it has kept them pretty clean so far. I think they will still likely need dental every so many years though.

I have always wondered about petzlife oral gel, but I'm leery to use it because of the grain alcohol it has. Does anyone here use it? Is grain alcohol really ok for them to ingest?
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When I first got Pip and Roo I took them both in for dentals (they had a lot of tartar build up, yellow/brown teeth etc) and their teeth came out pristine. I now brush their teeth every other day with a special doggie toothpaste and it has kept them pretty clean so far. I think they will still likely need dental every so many years though.

I have always wondered about petzlife oral gel, but I'm leery to use it because of the grain alcohol it has. Does anyone here use it? Is grain alcohol really ok for them to ingest?
I've never used the petzlife gel but had no idea it had grain alcohol in it! Man, that's probably how it dissolves the buildup on the teeth! Not sure I'd be wanting to put alcohol on my little guy's gums/teeth.
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Get you some chewies, bully sticks, or any kind of bone that they can really gnaw on, works for all 4 of mine. None of them have tartar build up.
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Well, I decided to get the Petzlife stuff, and I'll also give her chicken wings (raw).

Even though it has alcohol in it, I think it's better than having to go through anesthesia. You really give them a very small amount, and once it's cleared, only once every 3 days.

As for chewing stuff, she gets them, but it doesn't help.

I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for your help.
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I've never used the petzlife gel but had no idea it had grain alcohol in it! Man, that's probably how it dissolves the buildup on the teeth! Not sure I'd be wanting to put alcohol on my little guy's gums/teeth.
Yes, exactly. That's my concern with it and why I haven't bought it. : /
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