I took two of my dogs to the vet for their yearly check up and he says they have a little bit of tartar on their teeth. We got side tracked talking about my one dogs back then and I forgot to ask him if there is anything I can do to prevent more tartar build up and possibly eliminate what they already have? I give them milk bones once a day, but apparently that isn't helping. I see those dentastix and stuff but I'm not sure if they're any good? Any advice would be great. Thanks :)
If your dog doesn't like someone you probably shouldn't either!
you can buy butcher bones from the meat department of your local grocer, they also sell cooked butcher bones packaged in the pet food aisles at most supermarkets. the natural hard vertbre of a cow or swine bone willhelp keep their teeth clean. Also what type of food do you feed your dogs? Believe it or not some foods can actually cause tarter build up quicker than others. There are also the hard green denta stix that help. I have beagles and I give them the butcher bones I also feed Diamond and the tarter on their teeth went from severe to hardly any in a matter of months.
I personally like Petrodex. They sell a few items I like. Their toothpaste is excellent, just use a finger brush, or even gauze wrapped around your finger works. They also carry chew bones you can give them. I also like to give them Bully sticks, and I think rawhide chews really helps with tarter as well.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
I have always given my dogs the butcher bones, soup bones from the supermarket. I have never in all these years have had to have a professional dental done on any of my dogs.
When we rescued Salty she had horrendous teeth. The tartar on her teeth was so thick I didn't think there would be any way to get that off without a professional teeth cleaning. I was very hesitant upon doing it because she was an epileptic. So I got a bunch of the soup bones from the supermarket and gave them to all the dogs. Plus I have half a million of them all around the house because they continue to chew on them all the time. I forgot all about Salty's teeth and a couple months later just happened to look in her mouth and all the tartar was gone. Every last speck of it. So I never had to have them professionally cleaned.
I do not buy them any of the bones they sell in pet stores. Mainly because they are too expensive when my dogs do not "get lasting hours of chew time" out of them. They are gone in minutes. The supermarket bones generally come 2-4 in a pack and are about the same prive for 1 of those busy bones or greenies.
I don't normally cook mine before I give them to the dogs. I used to and one day I just decided not to to see if they would eat them raw and they did so I never cooked any again. The bones are thick enough that splintering is not an issue.
The only thing I will warn you about is that you need to buy the longer ones and not the small, shorter ones. The small short ones can get stuck over their lower jaw and need to be surgically cut off the dog's jaw. I've seen that enough times so even my little dog gets the longer ones.
Brushing is usually not effective in removing existing tartar. It is more to prevent tartar from building up.