|Barked: Sat Nov 21, '09 7:28pm PST |
|Mingo, to answer your question, my two current dogs (six year old Tucker, a PPuff Chinese Crested and two year old Phoebe, a Brussels Griffon/Yorkie mix) have never had their teeth professionally cleaned. Up until about five weeks ago, they were on a diet of premium kibble in the morning (Orijen, Wellness, Nature's Variety, etc.) and premade raw (Nature's Variety, Bravo, etc.) in the evening, and got a RMB (raw meaty bone) once a week for teeth cleaning and recreational chewing.
About a year and a half ago, my vet told me that Tucker's teeth could use a dental cleaning, but because I was uneasy about the anesthesia, I looked into other avenues. I was already brushing his teeth a few times a week, so I stepped up that effort and tried really hard to do it every day. I have been told that even taking a piece of sterile gauze and wiping the teeth and gums can go a long way. I started giving a RMB two or three times a week instead of once a week, and I started using Petzlife spray, which I found an ad for in Animal Wellness magazine. (They also have a gel.) I'm not sure exactly what to attribute the improvement to, but at his last checkup, my vet told me that there had been a significant improvement and that she felt a dental cleaning was no longer needed. Phoebe has been on this same regimen, and the vet says her teeth and gums are very healthy.
BUT - five weeks ago I switched my dogs to a completely raw diet, and I can already tell a positive difference in the condition of their teeth. I can't wait to take him in to his checkup in January and show the vet how clean and white his teeth are getting.
** I also had a Malamute mix for sixteen years who was on raw diet from about five or six months old. He had one dental cleaning in his life at age twelve or thirteen, when he was already going under anesthesia to remove a suspected malignant tumor, but even the vet said that it was not technically necessary.
P.S. You are adorable, by the way!
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