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Perscription Diet t.d.

Our vet gave us a sample of Perscription Diet t.d. when our DaniGirl and Bella had their teeth cleaned. It was created to clean the teeth while they chew it. The kibble looks like elephant kibble--about the size of a walnut in the shell--but it's made that big to make it difficult to eat and thus, clean the teeth better. It can be used as a treat.

We use Natural Balance food--after several tries we found this one works for both dogs. I'm hesitant to us some other brand especially one as common as Perscription Diet.

Has anyone used this food or heard anything about it? Every day Bella goes into the pantry and paws the food bag trying to get us to give her some so I thought I'd check on what you all have heard. Thanks!
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As far as I know, the t.d. perscription kibble is not very popular on this forum.. It's very low quality and the vets shove it in your face as they do get kickbacks from the manufactuer.

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Maggie got a small sample bag from the vet after her teeth cleaning. She put one in her mouth and spit it out. Tried several times to get her to try it and she just walked away. Glad I didn't buy any. Kay
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It should be okay to use as a treat(think potatoe chips) but I wouldn't use it as the only source of nutrition.

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I use these as a dental chew sometimes. I wouldn't choose it for a regular diet, but I like the size of the biscuit for their teeth. Kimberly had suggested these when I first picked up Rufus and he loves them as does Marley and Phoebe.
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I was also using my sample (from the vet!) of td for a treat. The vet told me that she thought it was the large size of the kibble that was the key. They have to chew (not swallow) it.

So, on that principle, I've been trying to find larger premium kibbles to mix into my dogs' regular (small) kibble. I like California Natural (large bites) and the Orijen so far!

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After, our experience with prescription foods I now steer clear of them as they really don't hold any nutritional value for dogs. They have more fillers than a lot of commercial foods out there -- Well at least the one our dog was prescribed. Its pretty sad because vets prescribe & advocate them & poor innocent ppl trust vets opinions when they actually know very little on canine nutrition. No offense, but I personally would not put a healthy dog on one.

Look for a good quality rating. I like Orijen, Solid, Gold, Wellness etc.
www.dogfoodanalysis.com

There are so many things you can add to their diet for their teeth:
Green Tripe (Solid Gold brand)
http://www.truecarnivores.com/greentripe.shtml

Dental food supplements:
http://www.wysong.net/products/denta...supplement.php
http://www.gwlittle.com/prod/Dental-...-60g_1686.aspx


The only prescription I would put any dog on would be Wysong as they are a holistic company. They have one for oral health so you might see if your vet can get a hold of it.
http://www.wysong.net/RXdiets/dentac...g-cat-food.php

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From dogfoodanalysis.com

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The first ingredient in this food is brewers rice, which is a low quality grain and by-product. This is followed by corn, a difficult to digest grain, which limits its nutritional value for dogs. We consider this to be a low quality ingredient. It is also commonly associated with allergy and skin problems.


This food uses by-products as the sole meat-related ingredient. Chicken by-product meal - a very low quality ingredient. This is defined as "consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice".


Powdered cellulose is further filler - more commonly known as sawdust. Peanut hulls are the ground outer casings of peanuts, and an utter waste product.The use of soy is a further negative. We prefer not to see the use of any form of soy in dog food as this is an ingredient of low quality and commonly causing allergy problems. Soybean Mill Run is the ground hulls (outer shell) of soybeans after the useful bean meat and oil has been extracted. Alongside the sawdust, and zero meat content this food appears more of a means of waste disposal than dog food. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.


We note also the use of chemical preservatives - BHA and BHT. These chemicals are either banned or heavily regulated in use in human food due to being carcinogenic.

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Forget about looking for a kibble that helps keep teeth clean. You won't find it. You are far far better off finding a good quality kibble and regularly brushing your Hav's teeth 3 times a week.

Chances are if your parents never had kids...you won't either...
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Hi Daniel:

I am brushing my boys' teeth with an enzymatic toothpaste almost every day. They still get tartar buildup. I asked the vet about it - she said it's just like people - some are more prone to gum problems, and some are more prone to tartar buildup. I noticed Lincoln's brother has very little tartar. So, I'm trying to work the issue from more than one angle

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