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Emmie had her first dental cleaning yesterday (under anesthesia). She's 2.5 yrs old and I've done a decent job with her oral hygiene and feeding a raw diet, yet in spite of all this the vet said she definitely had plaque and tartar, and was happy I brought her in for a professional cleaning (scaling and polishing). He also explained that toy breeds have the same number of teeth, crowded into a smaller space, so it makes them more prone to oral diseases.

I'm now reinvigorated to give her the best care possible by brushing her teeth everyday, using Zymox enzymatic water additive (thanks for the tip Dave), and using OraVet plaque prevention gel 1x a week.

Check out this article from the American Veterinary Dental College regarding Dental Scaling Without Anesthesia and why it is not recommended.

Good luck with taking care of your Havs' pearly whites!

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I also believe dental care is so very important to over all health. I brush Scout and Truffles teeth daily. Scout had his teeth cleaned and x-rayed when he was 1.5 yrs old. Truffles will be 1 year next month and will be spayed. I plan to have her teeth cleaned at the same time. It is impossible to clean below the gum line without anesthesia. They depend on us to take care of their pearly whites
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good stuff .

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I am really curious about that poster who said her dog had to have teeth pulled and what she was doing, but she hasnt came back yet.

I bought tartar shield chews, anyone else tried these? I bought them at the vet.
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I am really curious about that poster who said her dog had to have teeth pulled and what she was doing, but she hasnt came back yet.

I bought tartar shield chews, anyone else tried these? I bought them at the vet.
I would not use dental chews, even ones from a vet. If the dog bites off and swallows a big piece, it does not digestin the stomach and passes into the intestines where it can cause an obstruction. How do I know this? An $1800 bill.

I do think that some dogs just have worse teeth than others. i don't know exactly why this is, though I suspect that crowded mouths may be at least a part of the problem. I know there are people who work really hard to keep their dog's teeth clean and still end up having to do cleanings or even extractions before the dog is geriatric.

Kodi's teeth are in great shape (checked regularly by the vet) at age 5 1/2 without ever having a professional cleaning. I do brush his teeth regularly however and also use products to protect his teeth. Still I know people who are just as diligent and don't have as positive rsults as I've had.


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I would not use dental chews, even ones from a vet. If the dog bites off and swallows a big piece, it does not digestin the stomach and passes into the intestines where it can cause an obstruction. How do I know this? An $1800 bill.

I do think that some dogs just have worse teeth than others. i don't know exactly why this is, though I suspect that crowded mouths may be at least a part of the problem. I know there are people who work really hard to keep their dog's teeth clean and still end up having to do cleanings or even extractions before the dog is geriatric.

Kodi's teeth are in great shape (checked regularly by the vet) at age 5 1/2 without ever having a professional cleaning. I do brush his teeth regularly however and also use products to protect his teeth. Still I know people who are just as diligent and don't have as positive rsults as I've had.
I am reluctant on the dental chews as well, but not sure what other options there are. The deer antlers werent too popular with my guys and the holistic vet said these are better than bully sticks. Supposedly these are a safe alternative. Here is the link, any red flags to you? https://tartarshield.com/product_details.asp?id=22
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I am reluctant on the dental chews as well, but not sure what other options there are. The deer antlers werent too popular with my guys and the holistic vet said these are better than bully sticks. Supposedly these are a safe alternative. Here is the link, any red flags to you? https://tartarshield.com/product_details.asp?id=22
That product doesn't look good to me. One of the ingredients they tout is Sodium Tripolyphosphate (STPP); they claim it prevents tartar formation. However, in large quantities, STPP is a suspected neurotoxin, as well as a registered pesticide and known air contaminant in the state of California.

Sodium Tripolyphosphate is approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a food preservative. It helps retain moisture, which helps products look good longer and keep selling weight higher. It is used in many other things, like detergent and antifreeze, for instance, and its in many cleaning products, as well as being used as a rancid meat preservative. I don't think this is a good chemical for dogs (or humans) to ingest.

Additionally, the key ingredient in the Tartar Shield Soft Rawhide Chews is beef hide, which can present a choking hazard.

I don't believe dental chews are a good idea and think you're better off taking care of your Hav's teeth by daily teeth brushing, occasional dental cleaning by a veterinarian, and feeding raw meaty bones on a regular basis.

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