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Old 03-18-2017, 02:05 PM   #1
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Default Desperately need Dental Chew pros/cons and recommendations

I just got finished giving her CET enzymatic chews and just one. Vet said she was concerned, plaque build up, and let's get this nipped before it gets worse, so I gave her the chew- it's the longer and thin, but not the potato chip ones. She happily chewed it up and digested it, and then moved on. I looked it up and I see a lot of negative things. She won't allow us to brush her thoroughly, and her breath is bad. I need to stop any dental disease from happening, regardless of her training. Additives are a no-brainer. yes, of course she'll get them. But I hear they can choke on these! That scares me. she's never once choked on her lamb ears, but even amazon had some horror stories. This is her best choice right now, so... out of allll of those products, someone on here has to have a good one to rec!
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I bought primal raw at the store a bit ago- bison. Yeah, she likes the marrow, but doesn't like the frozen. I don't ever leave her alone, but the last thing I need is her choking on something. Amazon wasn't exactly making me feel safe with the CET
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The only way to really get the tarter off would be a dental. Dogs can actually choke on anything even there food. Keep in mind that when feeding raw things at room temp germs start to grow and once the eat some and then go get water it gets the raw from there beard and from in their mouth in the water so you will need to keep in eye on that being a breeding ground for germs.
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I would get her on Healthy Mouth asap. It seems expensive, but actually lasts a LONGGGG time. The way I use mine is I put the mix in a mustard-style bottle and then squirt it on their meals a.m. and p.m., and that's it. It's VOHC approved, which is nice.
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I would get her on Healthy Mouth asap. It seems expensive, but actually lasts a LONGGGG time. The way I use mine is I put the mix in a mustard-style bottle and then squirt it on their meals a.m. and p.m., and that's it. It's VOHC approved, which is nice.
I haven't heard about Healthy Mouth. What is it and where do you get it?
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We use Healthy Mouth. I don't know how much it helps but it does not hurt. It took Cali a while to get used to it but now she does not even notice it.

Cali is having some pretty major dental issues. Has lost a tooth on each of her last 3 yearly dentals. Now we are going to dentals every 6 months, and a program of clindamycin for one week of every month. Don't like that idea necessarily but i have to get a handle on her dental issues. Being a medical person I embrace the dangers that oral disease causes for the entire body/organs.

She is just 4 pounds and although I brush daily and use the Healthmouth she is still losing teeth. She is awesomely healthy other than that so I think genetics and that tiny mouth are what we are battling!

Open to all dental suggestions - not a fan of any of the raw hide stuff however!
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I use Petzlife and have had (knock wood) no dental issues with my two. I have a Biewer and a Yorkie. My Biewer has what is called enamel hyperplasia which means he has little or no enamel on his front teeth and what is there is discolored. He is very orally sensitive, however with persistence he is now a champ. I rub Petzlife on with my finger since getting anything else in their tiny mouths is very hard. The original gel was salmon flavored and they both liked it. This time it seems that they added peppermint into the salmon gel and neither dog is fond of it. In fact my Yorkie hides when she sees me coming for her. Regardless, I have tried CET and oral wipes, and found that the Petzlife is the best. It really works. Even my vet can't believe how beautiful their teeth are. They are both 4-years old.
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Do the tiny milk bones help at all with teeth? I have to encourage Piper to eat 'em and break even the tiny ones in half. I thought I was doing all the good by giving her Freshpet, mixed with dry, but she actually lost a couple of teeth! Now I have this horrendous guilt about damaging her little chompers. Where can I purchase Petzlife and with it, can I continue to feed Freshpet? Whatever I need to do to prevent further dental issues is of ultimate importance right now, as I feel lousy for what I've done.
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Do the tiny milk bones help at all with teeth? I have to encourage Piper to eat 'em and break even the tiny ones in half. I thought I was doing all the good by giving her Freshpet, mixed with dry, but she actually lost a couple of teeth! Now I have this horrendous guilt about damaging her little chompers. Where can I purchase Petzlife and with it, can I continue to feed Freshpet? Whatever I need to do to prevent further dental issues is of ultimate importance right now, as I feel lousy for what I've done.
Don't feel lousy! Sometimes it's just genetics. Honestly, wet food vs. dry food doesn't really matter. Dry food cleans the teeth about as good as hard pretzels clean peoples teeth. In other words, not at all.

Petzlife is a gel (or a spray) that you rub along their gums/teeth with either your finger or gauze or something. Yes you can use it with whatever food you are feeding. I think it's recommended to do it before bedtime after they've eaten for the day. I do personally think Petzlife works. I've noticed a difference when I use it on Jackson. I will usually brush first with doggy toothpaste and then use the gel.

HealthyMouth really is great, too though. It's definitely pricier but it has been proven to work and is effective. It is VOHC approved and Jackson's veterinary dentist approved it also. Speaking of - I've been meaning to order more lol.
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Do the tiny milk bones help at all with teeth? I have to encourage Piper to eat 'em and break even the tiny ones in half. I thought I was doing all the good by giving her Freshpet, mixed with dry, but she actually lost a couple of teeth! Now I have this horrendous guilt about damaging her little chompers. Where can I purchase Petzlife and with it, can I continue to feed Freshpet? Whatever I need to do to prevent further dental issues is of ultimate importance right now, as I feel lousy for what I've done.
DON'T feel lousy. You're doing what you can and still looking for more ways! I don't know about the milkbones helping. Chewie is still weird with any bone shapes. As a matter of fact, the one on one with the trainer tomorrow I have written down to ask. She does this twitter whining while holding any bone in her mouth. like a bird that whines like a dog. Bizarre.
Chewie has a malformed molar and a missing baby tooth that never grew in. Tartar already forming, and comes from a breeder riddled with dings on his certificate/license. My vet wasn't worried at all first, either. I did the usual precautions and even still try to brush, even though it's not thorough.

You're doing great! Piper's lucky to have you!

Ann, I will order this the second I find out WHERE. any search leads me to a page that isn't healthy mouth. I see one that is 41.95 in a bottle that has droppers? *adding that dropping the healthy mouth for pets and entering "healthy mouth" in google pulled it right up. I have to laugh.

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I use Milk Bone Brushing Chews. They are Vet approved. I do not let Ruger chew one by himself. I hold it till the last bit then he chews a small amount himself. I'm always with him. The Chews seems to be working well, but I do brush his teeth every night. I don't brush very long, he hates it, but I do try and get the back ones pretty well. He's 2 years old now and never had a teeth cleaning, and his breath is sweet.
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DON'T feel lousy. You're doing what you can and still looking for more ways! I don't know about the milkbones helping. Chewie is still weird with any bone shapes. As a matter of fact, the one on one with the trainer tomorrow I have written down to ask. She does this twitter whining while holding any bone in her mouth. like a bird that whines like a dog. Bizarre.
Chewie has a malformed molar and a missing baby tooth that never grew in. Tartar already forming, and comes from a breeder riddled with dings on his certificate/license. My vet wasn't worried at all first, either. I did the usual precautions and even still try to brush, even though it's not thorough.

You're doing great! Piper's lucky to have you!

Ann, I will order this the second I find out WHERE. any search leads me to a page that isn't healthy mouth. I see one that is 41.95 in a bottle that has droppers? *adding that dropping the healthy mouth for pets and entering "healthy mouth" in google pulled it right up. I have to laugh.
https://www.healthymouth.com/category_s/42.htm
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Don't feel lousy! Sometimes it's just genetics. Honestly, wet food vs. dry food doesn't really matter. Dry food cleans the teeth about as good as hard pretzels clean peoples teeth. In other words, not at all.

Petzlife is a gel (or a spray) that you rub along their gums/teeth with either your finger or gauze or something. Yes you can use it with whatever food you are feeding. I think it's recommended to do it before bedtime after they've eaten for the day. I do personally think Petzlife works. I've noticed a difference when I use it on Jackson. I will usually brush first with doggy toothpaste and then use the gel.

HealthyMouth really is great, too though. It's definitely pricier but it has been proven to work and is effective. It is VOHC approved and Jackson's veterinary dentist approved it also. Speaking of - I've been meaning to order more lol.
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I have PetzLife and its helped, I do it weekly with a brushing during bath time. I also give these chicken sticks and bully sticks for chews. I monitoring that though. I don't like anything that looks plastic ( greenies, dentasticks, nylabones, etc) so I avoid those.

I'll have to check into that healthy mouth. Emma is three and I think she'll be due for a dental next year . I've been checking out the anesthesia free facilities around but its hard to get an appointment.
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You all have truly made me feel ever-so much better, thank you from my heart. I feel like a big weight has been lifted, thank you!
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