And then, there’s hunger, often missing if cats are free choice fed. Please check with your veterinarian before your dog undertakes a new exercise routine, you introduce a new food, treat or supplement, or to confirm that anything I suggest here is a good fit for your dog. I do not but perhaps a reader will see this and can respond. But I have been doing it since he was very little. It sounds like you don’t either. Place some on the toothbrush and brush a few teeth as you open your dog’s mouth or lift his gums. Tell me, Striving for more and better is good but don't for, Get in loser, we're going muddin' Calcium less available, too, I suspect, than what fresh would offer. Thank you! Thanks again for a great article! hes on a blended diet (raw canned food very blended with broth). Here is the before and after so you can be the judge (pictures unedited except for the watermark). I am sitting with my dog, petting her and trying to help her recover from a dental cleaning she had 2 days ago. (I am currently unemployed) 2. To actually remove the plaque, I need to give my dogs something abrasive to chew on every day. Where do I get the kelp? i recently saw a before and after pic from the raw feeder i buy from. I am not sure if I have. When processed, whole peas, red lentils, ﬁeld beans, and whole potato all have high glycemic indexes. They ran around the house for 10 minutes shaking their heads and digging at their mouth. I think it’s great you were able to do it anesthesia free, and I’m definetely impressed with the results! Their teeth sparkle afterwards. This is great as I refuse to fork over 500 for my little schnauzer to be put under! Hi Steve. I noticed in this article you said “dense bones are alright for healthy dogs”. They DO eat raw food mostly and get things to chew on though. Small dogs just are more difficult to keep teeth clean. Heavy metals are bad for dogs, just like in humans. Softer bones, but still made of real bone are best: poultry is a good bet. We cannot brush Lola’s teeth. Brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing once daily are the best ways to remove plaque from teeth and prevent tartar from … Those are the only ones I recommend (ie. Terrible results too. Since my teeth are still in great shape.. I don’t believe it. Thank you. I think the bones can be bare, just not dried out and hard as concrete like you find in some pet stores. I give my dog these turkey tendons to chew on because she doesn’t like chewing on stuff. My dogs love carrots too but we have to moderate them because of the sugar and calories . I recently started brushing Rita’s teeth with coconut oil. The gentle nature of the scaler allows us to clean under the gumline and not irritate the gums. Written by: Carefree Dental | Published On: March 22, 2016. Pumpkin is one of the best things you can give them daily too, but pure canned pumpkin, nothing added to it & is great for weight loss cas it is filling. With all the flack you received from people saying anesthesia-free tooth cleanings didn’t clean plaque beneath the gumline, not one of the naysayers suggested using a waterpik, yet they dare to call themselves zealots. Anything like suddenly backing away from food or water, or grabbing and then dropping food would indicate pain from the exposed tooth. Just give your dogs 2 natural, dried cows ears a week minimum & their teeth will love you, so will your dogs. Hi Heather. As with humans, too much excess salt is bad. Do not rinse the green beans out of the can. Whether to do it or not is a personal choice. Thank you for reading my blog comments! I never thought about them as an aid for cleaning teeth! They are your children but can’t talk to let you know what they need. It can bleed a bit just like our gums do but one lik of their tong and it should be gone. My other dogs eat their bones then take away the cocker spaniel’s bone. I have heard of them but never tried them. When they are raw (especially the poultry bones), they digest brilliantly, even if chunks are swallowed. Many pet food labels don’t manufacture what they sell; they have their food made for them by one of a very few processor, who blend stock ingredients, and/or stock kibbles, add dyes, mold it into pellets and deliver it in bulk. Basically, I had linked to another post to learn more about what I do to clean my dog’s teeth (the home routine) but found that people were not reading. Dog teeth scaling is a process that is performed at the veterinarian's office and is used to remove tartar build up from dog teeth. Have you heard of a product called Healthy Mouth? Top Quality Teeth Cleaning and Scaling for Your Dog. Once the plaque is softened with the powder, it helps to scrape it off. It is expensive so after doing my own research & finding it is just dried kelp, I found a source that sells dried Icelandic Ocean Kelp ( from Iceland) & it is by far cheaper to buy in 5lb bag that the tiny tub sold of Plaque off. In addition, the rapid manner in which it removes the tartar minimizes anesthetic time. I had heard about “anesthesia-free” teeth cleaning through a friend. Have a terrific Thursday. Maybe try it? No dog will let people tinker around in his mouth with water and metal tools. The poster of this article sounds cheap,lazy, and irresponsible. And it doesnt hurt. I really like your “rack feeding” where they’ve got to pull things with the front teeth! What can a pet parent do for a dog who already has tooth problems (tartar, plaque, etc.) Should I give him raw bones at this point? I noticed a lot of comments about salt. Hi Jackie, Good luck! Oral car was not a favourite part of her routine so with the diagnosis I did not want to add any extra stress to her. I’ve tried. Some people have also had success with adding some frozen green beans (slightly or fully thawed, no salt) to their dog’s food. Coconut oil can help keep their gums and teeth healthy because it has natural anti-bacterial properties (some DIY dog toothpaste recipes use coconut oil as a base). I don’t think she was very well taken care of because her teeth are as yellow and dirty as can be. Required fields are marked *. I’ll never say never but I don’t see brushing my dog’s teeth in my future. A lot of anesthetic-free dental places don’t actually go under the gums because it’s painful and the dogs would freak out. Do you mix the green beans in your fog’s food or as a treat? It seems the practice is not vilified as much here by veterinarians. I hope you find someone that does it. They was definitely tartar building up. Hi Kim. It worked for both of my dogs. Your doxies are adorable! The meat stays on. May 16, 2013 By Jessica Rhae 362 Comments. I also take them for anesthesia free teeth cleaning. I’m going to try that stuff you mentioned and see if it helps. Get the real deal—real, raw bones help scrape off soft plaque deposits on dog teeth. I saw a difference after one week. If these ingredients were consumed as whole raw fruits and vegetables, they’d be better for a dog and a dog’s teeth. Beef lung is also too soft to give much abrasive cleaning action. Start slowly, as the article says, Deborah. Shannon, Hey Shannon, And should I refrain completley from giving her bones? Their teeth are pearly white and breath is fresh. One I know for certain: feed them at room temp, not chilled. I may have to ask my vet about this one. The plaque off works, I was surprised at difference . I am searching now for a more experienced one as the original one has moved. I have 4 dogs, 2 Doxies I rescued 16months ago, one of them teeth were nasty brown & stinky. Didn’t know this was an option. Yes, you sprinkle the kelp on the dog food. Dogs with weak teeth can break them on raw bones, no question. Do they somehow bind them so they don’t struggle? With Pack membership comes your free subscription to Dr. Falconer's well-loved Vital Animal® News. I’d say they did a pretty good job! So far Rosie doesn’t mind. My dogs won’t. Most anesthesia free dental vets are not licensed. The reason raw bones work is because they have an enzyme that actually combats plaque. Amazon.com: dog teeth scaling tool. UPDATED: 9/30/18. Home » Pets » Dogs. please send more info, our Lady is too old for anesthesia. Always keep your regular six-month dental appointments to scale below the gumline. Thanks. My vet uses anesthia. I give one to Gretel and Summit several times a day for 5-10 minutes. (http://barksandblooms1.blogspot.com/2013/05/does-your-dog-havedog-breath.html) Thanks for the info and the giggles. I sympathize, but pretending the anesthesia-free procedure is equivalent to even brushing is not the solution. “Get your pet in for a full dental exam!” and “Your dog needs regular teeth cleaning for best health,” “Brush Your Pet’s Teeth!” blah blah blah. They are notorious for teeth problems. Would you have spoken in this manner to this lady as you posted via computer to her? $9.97 $ 9. Who knew?!? You'll never miss an article from us about dog health, dog friendly travel, and camping and hiking with dogs. She’s very strong for her size (seriously, we call her Schwarzenegger because she’s 5 pounds max and can open all manner of doors by brute force jiggling) and doesn’t like being picked up. 4.6 out of 5 stars 14,815. Hope you are watching them close while they are eating. I’ve wondered why they can’t just do ‘conscious sedation’ ? I would love the option of a dental cleaning without anesthesia, I just didn’t realize until now it was an option. Summit really likes to chew sticks. Well-water is much better, actually. They don’t like it but they do like a treat afterwards. Your article was comical because my Jordyn would go “all Exorcist on the vet”! Accidents can happen while chewing on anything….choking, cracked teeth, etc….so dogs should always be watched with stuff. Our dogs are now lining up to get their teeth brushed because they love the flavor. When a dog gets his teeth cleaned under anesthesia they probe under the gums with a pick to see if there are any pockets which would show erosion happening under there. I startedwhen i had a dog with an infected tooth. That works great to clean his teeth! I guess when your dog’s already have a ton of energy and no skin problems, you aren’t going to notice many changes I know they are healthier inside though. I worry about the calories in a cow ear due to the size (big and my dogs are only 10 lbs). I’m so brand new to this site. I readily admit a lot of cats will do just what yours have done, especially if they are over about 6 years of age. LOL! Brush your dogs teeth!!!! Also, the prednisone he is taking will compromise his immune system, right? For example, I know people who have never brushed their dog’s teeth but feed raw food and bones and their dog’s teeth are cleaner than the one that gets a brushing. Once teeth are clean give the green beans once or twice a week as maintenance. If they NEED to have it done anesthesia, fine. Maybe that is why it looked worse. And my old 12 yr old dog from dying in anesthesia. Skip to main content Teeth and gumz Find tips for caring your teeth and gums Search. They laid it on a heating pad to keep it warm and it got burned so badly it died. While you’re prompted by Dr. WhiteCoat to get the toothbrush out regularly, I submit you’ll do far better following the wild ancestors’ example and providing raw bones, at least 3 days a week. 1 Vote . Or a lynx? Really frustrating to put my dog through that and have semi clean teeth as a result. Hi Bonnie. I did touch on how this works a little in the article but, you’re right, I did not go into detail. For serious tartar buildup, your dentist may recommend a dental scaling and a root planing, which requires anesthesia. Isn’t that stressful for them? My dogs are well-loved and they are happy to be adopted from the shelter and happy to be loved, spoiled, treated like a baby, and have a wonderful home and yard to run around in. Bought for myself to help with tartar and plaque, so I use it on my dogs as well. I am wondering if they clean the inside of the dogs teeth when doing an anesthesia free cleaning. Theses are the ingredients: Deboned lamb, lamb meal, duck meal, whiteﬁsh meal, whole peas, red lentils, ﬁeld beans, whole potato, deboned duck, whole eggs, deboned walleye, duck fat, herring oil, lamb liver, herring meal, sun-cured alfalfa, pea ﬁbre, whole apples, whole pears, sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, spinach, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, chicory root, juniper berries, angelica root, marigold ﬂowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, lavender, rosemary. I agree that just because an owner doesn’t do something “recommended” doesn’t mean they don’t take care of their dogs. My healthy 12 year-old poodle Kami had a general checkup and was advised to have his first dental scaling soon. She turned into the sweetest, calmest doggie. It sounds like you are doing what you can to take care of your dog’s teeth. I will have to see if I can find someone in our area that does it. When you know better, you do better. “She” is the blog author – me, Jessica – who wrote this post in response to many, many questions I got. Just came across your article. However, several simple home remedies can help treat and prevent plaque and tartar. Most (not all) dogs just “get” bones, while cats are often unsure. Thanks for the advice:) AImlove thes natural alternatives. Truth be told……..there are only SO MANY times a dog can be put under anesthesia and survive! and i proceeded to scale his back teeth which were so bad. 4.2 out of 5 stars 605. For me, since I don’t brush her teeth to knock the plaque down, I do this to remove the build up. Sorry, I don’t have time to email people directly but will respond if you message me through our Facebook page or at Jessica(at)pettalkmedia(dot)com. Yo can buy low sodium can green beans green beans.That is what we do as my husband is suppose to watch his sodium intake.Then I take and poor the water they are packed in and rinse them them off will good so nothing is added except the no salt except not to our dog feeding. I feel so guilty that I haven’t cleaned her teeth daily, as recommended by the vet. He said if she got too stressed, he would just stop. This is why most veterinarians do not perform them. I generally don't make them bleed, though. Can you offer any pointers to Poppy (below) as to how you got the cats on board? They basically stare at them blankly. I am glad you found a system that works for you. Helpful. Any treatment without anesthesia is highly recommended. He was also a good candidate because he is a calm guy that loves people – even if they are poking him with sharp objects – so the procedure could likely be done while he was awake. I’ve been suspecting hay the anesthesia free cleaning done on my dog at 2 is what has DONE her teeth in. I always leave chews down for my dogs they never get rawhide . Have you tried water additives or teeth cleaning gels you can spread on his teeth with your finger (you can do this with dog toothpaste too when isn’t quite as effective as brushing but may help). If you want to hasten the return to normal, I’ve got a homeopathic detox protocol here that will help. You are not saving your dog from dying under anesthesia. Find the best Dog Teeth Cleaning near you on Yelp - see all Dog Teeth Cleaning open now. I’m not so sure myself. for years i took my dog to a vet that recommended a “high quality kibble”. Let me know what you find out because we have a similar problem and I think if our dog was just more relaxed it would go well! No one mentioned where you can get them; I’ve never heard of them before, only pig ears, which I’d never give her. Hi Maureen I have had doxies my whole life…. I use a basic (not sharp) dental pick and gently push her lips up w the rounded bit of my top knuckles so my fingernails don’t hit anything. My friend taught me to scale my dogs' teeth. And if they don’t, you need not necessarily head for the dentistry that’s so widely recommended by Dr. WhiteCoat. If it is not an immediate concern, the owner may wish to consider a home cleaning process which involves using all natural gels and sprays. Lesson learned. 15 - 25 Minutes. SCALING A DOG'S TEETH AT HOME . Thanks for sharing this great info! How much did you pay for each dog please? Keep us posted. A 43-year-old female asked: teeth scaling is safe? My dog has really bad anxiety problems, and has a split in half, rotting molar. Something about the bone? She seems to be fine, no trouble eating food. There is a natural method you can use to turn this around. I think his took off all the good enamel. You say it costs too much? I tried holding on to them while they chewed but got bit badly (totally my fault). I live in North Louisiana & I don’t know of a place that does anesthesia free cleaning. Plaque Remover for Teeth - Electric Tooth Cleaner - Best Dental Scaler Cleaning Tool Kit - Safe and Effective Dental Calculus Remover ... Family Oral Care, Dogs - with Leather Case. Some of what I share is researched facts; some of it is stuff I’ve learned through living with pets my whole life; and some of it is just good ol’ opinion. Amazon sells it in different sizes but the 5lb bag works out cheapest. Volume 94, Issue 1-2, pages 18-23, 26 JAN 2016 DOI: 10.1111/avj.12394. The vet was amazed at how clean Chester’s teeth were and that they looked healthy. Each of us contributes by our words to the general peace in this world, incident by incident and word by word. Maurine- I would love to see pictures of your little rescued girl! To me, any “best” effort in any area does is not negated if someone doesn’t do “the absolute best” in another area. 39 years experience Dentistry. On the chicken wing topic .. do I strip most of the raw chicken from the bone before giving it to my dog? Do you have any “cuts” of bone, or specific brands, that you recommend? Ultrasonic scaling is a dental procedure used to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of a dog’s teeth. I wish we lived closer because I could see us hanging out more . LOL, I don’t even know what you’re referring to. We also feed grain free. My preventative measures may be different but are no more or less effective than brushing. My baby a little over year old fought me all the way. I can’t find anything on facebook for it. I’m also going to look for the dried cow’s ears. Although our doggie dentist recommends the anesthesia free cleaning 2 times a year we, like you, get it done once and give plenty of chews that will naturally scrape the plaque off. . So you didn’t even ask what dental cleaner he was using? Any other affordable options???? The dog teeth cleaning cost is not going to compare to the level of happiness and healthiness your dog will reap. I didn’t know that. She has had 16 teeth removed (and they were such cute teeth) and may have to have more done next month. She also has a clasped trachea and I would love to feed her raw bones but my husband is very worried about chicken bones hurting her throat…what raw bones would recommend giving her. Anesthesia free-cleaning is not something I did in order to escape my real responsibility of caring for my dog’s health. That’s amazing! Admitting to not brushing my dogs teeth too! His eyes rolled back in his head and he was groggy for 3-4 days. I try to tell them they are lucky but I don’t think they understand me. Dogs are omnivores and getting a portion of their nutrition from grain is just fine. How much money for what? Being a mobile company, teeth cleanings are done in the comfort of your home or local grooming salon. So I am now doing chicken legs. I assume you’re feeding your dog salt-free green beans, which is what our vet recommended. They love it! According to Dr. Huang Zhixiong of The Visiting Vets, “a previous study done on 3,546 animals undergoing GA showed a 0.12% death rate in healthy animals and 4.77% in sick animals. Dental chews does not work for me (as it gives me digestive problems). I do the anesthesia free dental cleanings on my 3 weenies. I feed my < 20Lb crew of cats and dogs parts like chicken (any and all parts), pork ribs (even the cats- but just "singletons" for them), turkey necks, and then I give either deer ribs or beef ribs (depending if hubby has any deer) in a small rack for each of them to gnaw and nibble on and rip and tear the meat off. Which will have to postponed till later this year but one thing at a time. Maybe it was just him, but I will never do that again. Dry dog biscuits only in small amounts. I tried rib bones but Chester and Gretel bit off whole chunks and swallowed them, which made me concerned about a potential intestinal blockage. If your dog won’t let you brush their teeth, you can try using dog dental sprays or water additives, … I Do This Instead to help keep their teeth clean - a home routine plus anesthesia-free doggy dental cleaning. When milled rice is used instead of corn or wheat, it is lacking in fiber and high in carbohydrates that are easily digestible by the bacteria found in a normal dog’s saliva. I’m not dumb but i have no clue what u mean. A canine ultrasonic dental scaler helps in easy cleaning of dog teeth tartar and remove stubborn stains on dog teeth. You may need to try something harder in order to get more plaque off. Not only did that make them a bit softer for chewing, it infused them with an extra bit of flavor. Stay true to you! Not fresh? Little teeth cleaning required. My Blue Heeler hates it but lets me brush and de-plaque with a dental pick every few months. The other thing I have noticed confirming what they said- I brought Sienna in recently for a nail clipping and I held her while they tried to clip her nails and she went ballistic. Go ahead, raise the lip and pull it back on both sides. When a veterinarian performs scaling, they are removing tartar from not only the surface of the teeth, but also tartar that builds up below the gum line, which is difficult to remove at home. You try taking the exact same photo of a squirmy dog, at the exact same angle, in the exact same lighting, in the exact perfect way, by yourself, with no studio and a cell phone camera, that makes the images look 100% identical. However, I’m convinced that the home routine, and occasional anesthesia-free cleaning, is better than doing nothing. I don’t brush my dog’s teeth but instead have them cleaned anesthesia-free periodically. I’d be inclined to make raw meaty bones a meal at least once a week for the whole pack. The first one was “meat” flavor, and the current one is anchovy or something like that. As an Amazon Associate, the owner of this site earns a commission from qualifying purchases. Gosh I just had Thunder’s teeth cleaned and a bit of gum over growth removed so he had to have anesthesia. The formerly brown canines are almost completely clean!! Ever hear this logic? Woof! In fact, it sounds like that’s what your vet recommended. I still opt not to do it though. We use the bully sticks I mentioned and linked to in the article. Wild carnivores eat thru RAW skin, meat, bone which keeps their teeth clean. I have been giving my big dogs raw chicken wings for a week every couple of months. i was first told i needed to brush my dogs teeth. Jessica Rhae, your writings here are very much appreciated. Rub the kong with it? Brushing isn’t the only way. 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