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This week Henry and I had to visit the doggie dentist, yes a board certified veterinary dentist. Henry went with me to the dentist on Tuesday and on Wed I went with him. My dentist let me bring him in his sleepypod to my appt because I had a very long appt and a long drive to get there. He was so good throughout despite all the noises and activity.

But about his appt. - turns out that none of his puppy premolars have erupted as the dentists say, which should have happened by 8 weeks. He's 15 weeks now. They're impacted in the gums. And it can cause somewhat serious long term problems. So unless they come in this month (and fingers crossed, there is still a chance they will) my poor little guy will have dental surgery on 12/1.

But I wanted to pass on some info the dentist gave us on what things are safe for dogs to chew on and what things aren't based on their experience treating dogs. Some of the items surprised me. Most of the ones are on the "Bad" list because they're too hard and can lead to broken teeth. Remember this is purely from a dental perspective. So here's the list:

Good - Tartar Shield rawhide chews, Kongs and Kong balls, Greenies, Pig ears, Rawhide Sticks, West paw toys, Stuffed Toys, Hills Dental Care Chews, CET Veggie Dent Chews, Swizzles.

And there's a note that no dog under one year should be given any type of rawhide.

Bad - Tennis Balls, Ice Cubes, Rocks, Antlers, Banana/Sweet Potato (too sticky and sugary), Cow Hooves, Real bones, Hard nylon toys (like nylabone), Marrow bones stuffed, hollow, raw or cooked, Himalayan chews.

I had a more flexible nylabone product with me and that they said was fine. As long as it's not completely rigid.

Re Bully sticks - at this point they're neutral on them. They have seen some dental damage but not enough for them to label them bad. But they're also not willing to put them on the "good" list.

i gave the list to my local vet and she said she had just had a GR in who loved tennis balls and had chewed on them so much she had worn down her teeth. Apparently that fuzz is very abrasive.
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yeah this is another area where it depends on the individual dogs' habits https://healthypets.mercola.com/site...ews-types.aspx

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Thanks for sharing, Kate!

I'm surprised he recommended against Himalayan Chews. In the article Dave shared, Dr. Becker said . . .

"Himalayan chews are made from yak milk (actually a cheese) that has been sun-dried to make it very hard. This is one of the more unique chews available on the market today and itís great for dogs that canít eat certain types of protein."

Hope Henry won't have to have surgery . . .

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that has been sun-dried to make it very hard.
I suspect this is what they've had a problem with - "very hard." They were only advising on chews from a dental perspective - will they harm a dog's teeth, mostly causing broken teeth. There are items on the lists that people might object to for other reasons and/or prefer for other reasons.

I too am so hoping he doesn't need the surgery. I just hate for him to have to go through it.
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This week Henry and I had to visit the doggie dentist, yes a board certified veterinary dentist. Henry went with me to the dentist on Tuesday and on Wed I went with him. My dentist let me bring him in his sleepypod to my appt because I had a very long appt and a long drive to get there. He was so good throughout despite all the noises and activity.

But about his appt. - turns out that none of his puppy premolars have erupted as the dentists say, which should have happened by 8 weeks. He's 15 weeks now. They're impacted in the gums. And it can cause somewhat serious long term problems. So unless they come in this month (and fingers crossed, there is still a chance they will) my poor little guy will have dental surgery on 12/1.

But I wanted to pass on some info the dentist gave us on what things are safe for dogs to chew on and what things aren't based on their experience treating dogs. Some of the items surprised me. Most of the ones are on the "Bad" list because they're too hard and can lead to broken teeth. Remember this is purely from a dental perspective. So here's the list:

Good - Tartar Shield rawhide chews, Kongs and Kong balls, Greenies, Pig ears, Rawhide Sticks, West paw toys, Stuffed Toys, Hills Dental Care Chews, CET Veggie Dent Chews, Swizzles.

And there's a note that no dog under one year should be given any type of rawhide.

Bad - Tennis Balls, Ice Cubes, Rocks, Antlers, Banana/Sweet Potato (too sticky and sugary), Cow Hooves, Real bones, Hard nylon toys (like nylabone), Marrow bones stuffed, hollow, raw or cooked, Himalayan chews.

I had a more flexible nylabone product with me and that they said was fine. As long as it's not completely rigid.

Re Bully sticks - at this point they're neutral on them. They have seen some dental damage but not enough for them to label them bad. But they're also not willing to put them on the "good" list.

i gave the list to my local vet and she said she had just had a GR in who loved tennis balls and had chewed on them so much she had worn down her teeth. Apparently that fuzz is very abrasive.
Interesting that THEY think "dental chews" are OK... It's sort of like the blind man and the elephant. Kodi had a blockage when he was about 18 months, and it turned out to be caused by a "Greenie", which I had been told by another vet was safe. At Tufts ER hospital, the internist told me that the NUMBER ONE cause of intestinal blockages that they need to correct surgically is dental chews... including Greenies. $1800 later... MY dogs will NEVER get another dental chew. Honestly, I'd rather deal with a broken tooth. That is unlikely to kill them.


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I suspect this is what they've had a problem with - "very hard." They were only advising on chews from a dental perspective - will they harm a dog's teeth, mostly causing broken teeth. There are items on the lists that people might object to for other reasons and/or prefer for other reasons.

I too am so hoping he doesn't need the surgery. I just hate for him to have to go through it.
We're all rooting for him!

I DO think that it depends on the dog, and how hard they chew. Mine all LOVE moose enters, and don't ever chew hard enough to damage their teeth. (and I know they are off the menu by most canine dentists) Bullies are off the menu here because Kodi is beef intolerant.


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