I was just curious to see how many pet owners out there actually have their dogs teeth cleaned professionally by a vet. I am sure most of us use a tartar remedy like Greenies or similar products, but have been curious as to how many go in to do it professionally.
I always feed dry kibble with rare treats and chews (maybe once a month on greenies and the like) and have never once had to have my dogs teeth cleaned professionally. I'm very slack on brushing their teeth too. I am a firm believer tjat dry kibble has helped maintain the condition of my dogs teeth.
I feed good quality dry kibble, brush her teeth every few weeks, and feed a few greenies every week. Thr greenies are more to keep her occupied by herself for a little while than for teeth cleaning, but maybe it helps.
My sighthounds are a bit more prone to gunky teeth sinc e they do not have very moist mouths. However, a few raw turkey necks or chicken wings clears this up. Turkey necks are much faster. I have to dress them up in sweatshirts to protect their leghair however!
Some of our rescue dogs needed it when we first got them but now we give them denta bones and my hubby brushes their teeth about every 2 weeks. I don't like that they have to put under anesthesia to et their teeth cleaned especially if they are older
My dogs eat dry kibble and they get a rawhide to chew every morning and night. I also give them milk bones and I brush their teeth whenever they seem to have bad breath which may mean only once a month. I also have a scaler I use to scrape the plaque off of their teeth, especially before a dog show. I've never had them cleaned and I always ask the vet if they need it when their in for their annual check-up and she says their teeth look great, they don't need any kind of cleaning so I must be doing something right.
I brush my girls teeth once a week..sometimes more often if I have the time in between brushing their coat. ChiChi has sparkling teeth..Nikko is a bit older and her teeth have some tarter build up, but Nikko doesn't eat hard chews either.
Icyhound..this may sound stupid, but I've never had the need to go out and buy a turkey neck. Can you get them at any old grocery store? And..do I need to be careful when feeding it to my girls. (IE, splinters) can they eat the entire thing? And..how often do you give it to them? Oh..and are turkey necks expensive?
Mine all get a yearly dental. I have Chinese Cresteds who notoriously have bad dentition, although the Puffs are not as bad as the hairless kids. I have one 3 yr old that has already had to have two teeth pulled and I am religious about brushing their teeth. I believe by the time she's 8-10 yrs old she'll have very few teeth left. I have one puff that has absolutely beautiful teeth, another that gets tartar build up very easily (due to IBS issues, he doesn't eat much kibble and he's never been a big chewer). I wish I could use turkey necks, but with Bandit's tummy issues I can't.
Next cleaning (coming up here in a month or so) I am asking my vet to use Oravet. This is a sealant that the vet puts on after cleaning, and then you follow up at home with an 8-week sealant application. It sure can't hurt and I want to do all I can to ensure that Pixie keeps her teeth as long as possible. Here's a link if you've not heard of this new product: http://www.oravet.com/
I make sure my dogs get bones and greenies, I also make sure they have those rope toys for floss. There teeth show no sings of tartar and the vet always gives them good reports. So far pro cleaning has not been needed.