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Thread: Dog has major Plack buildup on teeth any suggestions

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    Default Dog has major Plack buildup on teeth any suggestions

    Guys, took my pup to the vet over the weekend and the Doc started scraping heavy amounts of plack off of his teeth. At first I thought he was breaking teeth, He told me to get some dental bones and it would start loosining it and eventuaully go away. But when I give him one he eats it so fast I think he is going to get chocked. Do you guys have any suggestions that can help?

    Thanks in advance

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    Those large soup bones from the grocery store you might try.
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    Might need to consider changing his food. Abnormal for a pup to have that much plaque.

    Several RTFers have posted about changing food to reduce plaque. You can probably search the topic, or maybe they will post again.

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    Cow hooves work well for my dogs.

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    Amount of and rate of buildup of plaque is directly related to a number of factors:

    1) food- size of kibble, ingredients, and "stickiness" of the food
    2) tooth morphology- pitted, broken, or malformed teeth collect food and plaque
    3) chewing- dogs that do not chew on sticks, nylabones, rawhides, or bones generally collect more plaque
    4) saliva - dogs that have drier mouths have much more plaque buildup by far than dogs that have a "wetter" mouth

    Things that you can do:
    1) Change food to one that touts tooth cleaning properties or add a tablespoon of http://diatomaceousearth.net to the food that you are using
    2) Brush your dog's teeth routinely
    3) Give raw beef rib bones or frozen turkey necks once a week for him to chew
    4) Anytime that he needs to be put under anesthesia, such as doing OFA's on hips and elbows, have his teeth cleaned and polished
    5) Provide plenty of fresh water, and consider putting an additive in it to prevent plaque
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    Have begun giving mine 2 science diet TD adult nuggets each day for plaque. $17/bag but it's cheaper than putting him under to clean them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awclark View Post
    Cow hooves work well for my dogs.
    and they are full of chemicals to clean and preserve them. Other options available.
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    We use stuffed shank bones and the dogs that chew them on a regular basis have no teeth issues.
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    When Sinner was on Pro Plan with water she had tartar issues.

    I've found that feeding Eukanuba dry (no water added) plus one C.E.T. dental chew every day eliminates tartar.
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    I have a simple and cost effective method that seems to work, or I have just been lucky. I buy the run of the mill dog dog biscuits like milk bone and leave the container open so they dry out and get good and hard. Seems to keep the tarter down pretty well. I give about 5-6 over the course of a day. I have found a brand "Rival" sold at Big Lots for $2 a bag that is made USA.

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