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Post by db-89 on Mon Apr 11 2016, 22:40

so being a first time dog owner there is some things i dont have a clue about. i was wndering how can i take care of my puppies teeth? iv been told that you can get a toothpaste safe for dogs and a brush but im lost.any help would be great
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Post by AussieStaff on Mon Apr 11 2016, 22:46

You sure can Smile Your local pet store will stock them, you can also buy dental chews and bones as treats that are excellent for their oral hygiene Smile


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Post by LizP on Tue Apr 12 2016, 07:32

My dogs get chews and raw bones (calf or lamb). I have never had a dental problem with any of them - current or past dogs. In fact, vets repeatedly comment on how good their teeth are. Nola was aged at 5 last year by a vet in France - she's 9.

And if you ask your dog which he's prefer, eating a bone or having his teeth brushed, I know which one he'd say!

Never feed cooked bones, only raw, and avoid the weight bearing bones of big animals as they are very hard and can crack teeth. Ask your butcher for some lamb bones, they're great for dogs of all ages.


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Post by Rachel33 on Tue Apr 12 2016, 08:02

Wish I could say the same as Liz, but I think Bug has been dealt a bum deal regarding genetics and her teeth. She had to have a full dental at the rescue, when she would have only been around 3! God knows what she ate in her previous home but despite regular chewing sessions with lamb bones her teeth are still awful, so we brush as well.

We use a beef flavoured toothpaste (doesn't smell anything like beef!) but i think it's probably more the action of brushing the muck away than which toothpaste you use, the nice flavoured ones just make it a little more enjoyable for them I suppose!


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Post by Rachel33 on Tue Apr 12 2016, 08:04

Oh also, I recently discovered you can get tonnes of meaty bones at morrisons! My butchers rarely has bones in, they go so quickly, so we get ours from morrisons now Smile


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Post by gillybrent on Tue Apr 12 2016, 09:23

you can also buy a foam that you spray onto the teeth & leave it. the dog's tongue & flews work the foam around & it cleans tge teeth.

don't know how effective they are, though.

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Post by Mia05 on Tue Apr 12 2016, 11:36

I buy whimzees dog chews for mia but there is a cheaper version at pets at home . there is a toothbrush you can buy that fits over your index finger Smile

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Post by goldie87 on Tue Apr 12 2016, 16:09

Hi all,

Which type of raw bones would you recommend? Zeus has Colitis so has a very sensitive tummy, marrow bones are definitely off the list but not sure what else there is?

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Post by Mia05 on Tue Apr 12 2016, 16:16

would a nylabone be ok?

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Post by Rachel33 on Tue Apr 12 2016, 18:19

It depends which proteins Zeus is sensitive to really? Can her tolerate lamb? If so, lamb bones are a pretty good option, you can get spines etc for recreational chewing.


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Post by Rachel33 on Tue Apr 12 2016, 18:21

Crystal have you had much luck with nyla bones? The ones we had donated to kennels always ended up very sharp after only a few chews, we removed because they were cutting the dogs gums. Also, the raw meaty bones really get in between the dogs teeth and the chewing action works well to remove all the yucky stuff.


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Post by -Ian- on Tue Apr 12 2016, 19:55

Rope toys are also good for cleaning teeth, think dental floss Wink


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Post by Mia05 on Tue Apr 12 2016, 19:59

I havent had any problems with nylabones mias always supervised the guide dog used them frequently also if I thought so id have posted on the forum straight away hen. Smile

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Post by LizP on Tue Apr 12 2016, 20:40

goldie87 wrote:Hi all,

Which type of raw bones would you recommend? Zeus has Colitis so has a very sensitive tummy, marrow bones are definitely off the list but not sure what else there is?

Thanks!

We get ribs bones as well as limb bones, they might be a good to try if you're not sure about marrow bones. Either calf or lamb should be fine but bear in mind that lamb is fattier.


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Post by Mia05 on Tue Apr 12 2016, 20:50

goldie87 id consult the vet due to colitis for zeus as you.don't know what will iritate his stomach . IMO

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Post by db-89 on Tue Apr 12 2016, 21:17

thanks for the help guys,she loves her rope toy so i guess thats what has her teeth so clean as it is. ill get some lamb bones when im in the butchers next

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Post by gillybrent on Wed Apr 13 2016, 05:02

db-89 wrote:thanks for the help guys,she loves her rope toy so i guess thats what has her teeth so clean as it is. ill get some lamb bones when im in the butchers next

If you have a Morrisons near you, you might be able to find some lamb spines on sale - really cheap & easy to chew, and they don't wear down the teeth.

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Post by goldie87 on Wed Apr 13 2016, 14:50

Thanks for the replies all, I'll definitely consult with the vet first but they always tend to steer me away from raw feeding and raw bones etc ( even though I still feed Zeus a raw diet).

He goes straight through Nylabones so not really a viable (or cheap) option
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Post by LizP on Wed Apr 13 2016, 17:56

Honestly, vets and raw... Rolling Eyes I've had this discussion with vets before and it's like talking to brick walls. Our practice is now being much more positive about it and are happy with soft bones. I'd phrase your question about bones narrowing it to the colitis issue only, which it sounds is really your question.


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Post by Mia05 on Wed Apr 13 2016, 18:11

good luck in finding something for zeus I did some reading and couldnt find much info tbh apart from frozen beef raw bones good luck in your search

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Post by ClareGilby on Tue Apr 19 2016, 18:36

Do you ladies separate your dogs when you give them a raw bone? My pup looks like he is gonna have a heart attack when I give them both a bone, as I think he is worried Daisy will knick it. And in all fairness I think she probably would lol xx
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