The vet recommended a water additive to help with our dogs teeth after a cleaning and extractions.
They also recommended a larger kibble for the smallest dog, a Maltese, who has the worst teeth of the three and is the youngest (5 yrs old).
The other dogs are a Maltipoo and a Morkie.
Any suggestions on best practices ?
I use this toothbrush for our maltese but haven’t found a natural toothpaste I like so I use it with Mercola’s tooth gel.
I use a baby finger toothbrush for my younger maltese b/c she fights me less than when I use the above brush.
Sea Dent can be sprinkled on food, it’s natural and I’ve heard it works well.
I read it’s a myth that dry food cleans the teeth. What is the water additive your vet recommends?
- This reply was modified 3 years, 9 months ago by JeffreyT.
I don’t use dental chews for my pets. I brush their teeth once a day with chicken flavored toothpaste, they consider it a treat. (YouTube has excellent how to videos). I have had very good results.
I consider dental chews and water additives to be breath fresheners, at best. They do nothing to remove tarter from the back and sides.
I don’t use bones anymore either, due to the risk of broken teeth and GI disturbances I encountered.
PS: I like Petrodex 6.2 oz tube, Chewy.com has a good price. The trick is to brush at least once a day. Small breeds tend to have lousy teeth. The daily brushing will make a BIG difference. I don’t bother with chews, powders or any of that gobbledygook, it is the abrasive scrubbing motion that does the work, I even have one of my dogs used to a battery operated toothbrush which provides good brushing motion.
I add a splash of water to their food also, it helps to cleanse, a lot of dogs don’t drink enough water and small breeds are prone to bladder stones if they don’t consume enough.
You may find this site helpful. Often the comments are informative too. Discuss with your vet.
Here is a link to a website that lists Veterinary Oral Health Council accepted products for dogs and cats: http://www.vohc.org/accepted_products.htm
Hope this helps!
It is a myth that kibbles clean teeth. Would you eat cookies instead of brushing your teeth? Same idea.
Look into Pro-Den Plaque off, you sprinkle on their food. I have used it with success and have heard the same from others. No matter what else you add to food or water, you need to brush their teeth. I use coconut oil and a bit of baking soda. Most dogs like coco oil and it has many benefits. I use a finger brush, kind of looks like a sewing thimble, my dog tolerates that better than a regular brush. Could also try wrapping some gauze around your finger and rubbing with that. Keep trying, dental care is so important, especially with small dogs.
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