|Barked: Tue Feb 12, '13 8:59pm PST |
|Well, let him chew on florentine fennel stalks. That's the kind that makes a bulb for cooking with. Those are kind of like celery with long fibers but sweeter tasting and they floss a mouth if the dog likes to eat them. raw meaty bones also help with the brushing. Plaque and tartar are tough to et rid of without a scaling, but a scaling can damage the teeth too. Don't scale your dog's teeth yourself. Myrrh oil also works very well. put some on a cloth and rub your dog's teeth and gums with it. The same thing goes for witch hazel, only be sure you get it as the water tincture and not the alcohol tincture.
Other than that, we brush foxxy and taggert's teeth with nutravet enzymatic chicken flavored. We tried hartz dentifrice but they don't like it as much. Don't use human toothpaste. It's not just about the flouride, xylitol is toxic to dogs, and it's in all of the toothpastes these days, even Toms of maine propolis and myrrh, which is flouride free.
I also might add, it's more important to brush a bitch's teeth because estrogen causes inflamed gums and pregnant dogs get peridontal disease very easily if you are not watching. Foxxy has struggled with tartar and gingivitis ever since we got her, but Taggert has never had a problem, and I think part of the reason is that we got Fox after her puppy was old enough to live on its own. She already had a ring of tartar on her canines that we haven't solved even with diligent attention to her fangs.
Edited by author Tue Feb 12, '13 9:10pm PST
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