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Question teeth cleaning

Hello,

I am hoping some people can help.

I brush my dog's teeth here and there and I also remove plaque, but since he does not chew his food, he gets quite a lot of tartar.

In between brushing, I give my dog a Greenie every once in a while to try and clean his teeth a little bit. But as you've probably guessed, he breaks the Greenie in half and swallows the chunks, making the Greenie useless. I've tried holding it and only letting him take small chunks, but same thing happens where he just swallows them. I feel like they are too easy to break and not chewy enough maybe...

So my question is: is there some sort of treat that I can give him that is longer lasting, where it would actually clean the teeth a little? nothing like bones and antlers as my previous 2 dogs have broken some of their front teeth on antlers.

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The PetzLife spray is good stuff- you can use it one time a day and it'll keep them all clean

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I would do away with the greenies (JMHO) You didn't mention how old your dogs are. I'm assuming both are adult dogs??? That said, our Brody is six months old now. We have been using dried Pig and Cow ears, which Brody loves. Pig ears have more fat, so we alternate between pig and cow ears, but the cow ears are gone in an hour or so. Pig ears last a good 3-4 hours or so. They help keep teeth clean and provide an excellent chew toy. I know you said not to mention bones, but we have had great success with beef bone shank bones. Brody gnaws at the bone marrow which is healthy and the bone shanks are great in keeping his teeth clean as well. So far no issues with broken teeth.

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The PetzLife spray is good stuff- you can use it one time a day and it'll keep them all clean
I use this, it does a good job.

I bought a knuckle bone not so long ago, my boy was able to break pieces off of it, I threw it in the garbage...... I recently got him a NylaBone power chew bone. So far it's holding up very well.

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I give a frozen raw marrow bone once a week from a local pet store (NOT FROM A BUTCHER) and it's the only dental Care I do for the last 3 dogs I had. Never a cleaning and or white teeth too the passed

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Also, the raw bones after they get the marrow out will not break teeth or round their teeth down over time as uncooked raw bones are more chalky and softer then cooked and dried which are made brittle. So you don't have to worry about their teeth other than they will stay pearly white forever.


Don't refreeze the phone, after a couple hours whatever they eat marrow wise, just poke into the food bowl and run hot water through the center and just give them the bone back. The real trick is the marrow as it has the natural enzymes that will breakdown all the plaque and tartar down off the teeth and even between the teeth. The bone is to help scale the teeth to finish it up. The marrow is an EXCELLENT source of Chondroitin (Joint Care!)as well.

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Check out Proden Plaqueoff. It's 100% seaweed and is supposed to change the charge of the dog's saliva electrical charge to repel plaque! It won't work on all dogs, but I have used it for over 10 years with great results on multiple dogs. They even have it approved for human use. The plaque seems to just fall off the teeth aided by the dog chewing a bone.
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Small comment is I think some dogs have worse tarter than others - it's related to their saliva (PH chemistry + how wet the dogs mouths are). <= Has nothing to do with how much or how little the owners brush the teeth.

My boy who I just lost almost a year ago... he had a very wet soggy mouth (LOL) and his teeth at age 10 were as pretty as a young dog's teeth. Very white + healthy gums.

My other boy needs to have his teeth brushed and cleaned (I do it myself) because he will get more buildup. He has a clean tight mouth and does not typically drool or get soggy that I notice. I did find that bully sticks are WONDERFUL for cleaning teeth - even with him. The ones I get are pretty gross because they do get a urine type smell to them as the dogs chew. Cleans the teeth very nicely though...

Puppy - I'm still watching and waiting - knock on wood, he's another soggy mouth...

ETA - gross side comment. People used to whiten their teeth using people/animal urine. Not saying that's how the bully sticks work, but... hmm...

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I give a frozen raw marrow bone once a week from a local pet store (NOT FROM A BUTCHER) and it's the only dental Care I do for the last 3 dogs I had. Never a cleaning and or white teeth too the passed

Why not from a butcher?
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Why not from a butcher?

You feed them raw, you don't cook them so the ones for dogs are pathogen tested before and after freezing. The ones from a butcher are not handled the same and are thawed for long periods of time so there is a much higher chance of pathogens in what you get from the butcher as they don't handle it they were to be eaten raw, they figure they will be cooked to kill anythign off.

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