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django had his teeth cleaned today and the dentist told me that a bigger kibble would make the world of difference in the tarter buildup on his teeth. up to 50%. he needs to have his teeth cleaned once a year.

we have the issue with his allergies to lamb, chicken and beef and the difficulty in switching his food from one brand to another. he currently eats california natural herring and sweet potatoe. anyone out there feeding their dog a nice big crunchy treat. i thought since i really can't switch his food without issues maybe a good big treat daily could do the work.
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I'm not sure about that. I heard the hard food is the worst for their teeth, as it sticks to it. I know the raw is the best and that's what my boys eat. If he can have bones, you can try marrow bones from your local grocery store. I think they help with keeping the teeth clean. Bella had to have her teeth cleaned, because she refuses to eat raw and won't chew bones. My boys have never had to get their teeth cleaned. They both chew on bones & flossies. I also brush all their teeth daily.





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Sounds like wishful thinking to me.
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i know raw is a no go for my dog. too high in protein, he has addisons and we need to keep things in check especially with his kidneys. plus, major belly issues. can't go the bone route, beef allergies. i just gave DJango his salmon treat which i usually break into 4's but gave it to him in one piece and he had no problem eating it.
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what about just brushing them, instead of the kibble or hard treat?

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i brush them every single day! i think he's just one of those dogs that's prone to tarter
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I just ordered 'Plaque Blast' from the TV infomercial, because although Cey's teeth seem to be fine, I haven't really been brushing them daily like I should. Haven't received it yet so I can't tell you if it works or not, but I will let you know!
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I have just started using CET Hextra chews in addition to brushing and have noticed a huge difference. but unfortunately, they have ground up raw hide which is beef and I believe they are flavored with chicken.

I know that (gasp) science diet makes a special dental kibble that is a very large size and many (even raw feeders) use as treats. It is specially formulated and shaped to scrape the teeth as they chew. you could ask your vet as it is prescription I believe.

http://www.hillspet.com/products/pd-...ealth-dry.html

How allergic is Django...could he get a chew or treat twice a day if it had chicken or beef in it?




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I know that (gasp) science diet makes a special dental kibble that is a very large size and many (even raw feeders) use as treats. It is specially formulated and shaped to scrape the teeth as they chew. you could ask your vet as it is prescription I believe.

http://www.hillspet.com/products/pd-...ealth-dry.html
I haven't used this with Kodi, but our cat eats the feline version. When she was about 8 years old, she was getting a lot of tartar, and the vet suggested that we try that for 6 months before subjecting her to anesthesia and teeth cleaning. We gave it a try, took her back in 6 months, and he said her mouth looked like that of a year old cat. She is now 11 and still on the Science Diet "TD" (tartar diet). She looks great and her teeth look great. We happened to see a different vet in the practice the last time she went in for her annual check up and he couldn't believe it when we told him how old she is. He said he'd never seen such a clean mouth on a cat that age.

I'm not quite ready to switch Kodi from his food, which I truly believe is better quality, but I do give him a few of the cat's kibbles to crunch on before bed. I don't know if it does any good in that quantity, but he likes them! (I also feed him Plaque Off daily and brush his teeth 3-4 times a week)


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no beef ever! chicken, yes. he eats chicken when he gets sick and the chews he has he licks the chicken flavor off the bone but doens't chew the bones. i do notice more stuff in his ears when he chews the purina Cheweeze chews. i
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