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    My dog's going in for some dental work tmr (cleaning, tartar removal and they might pull out some cavities). He's had gingivitis for a while too, poor pup. He'll be put under full anesthetics for the dental procedure. I think the whole thing is going to cost us around $600-700.

    Do you brush your pet's teeth? How do you do it? Tooth paste? How often?

    I've tried using a tooth brush, my dog seemed to like chewing on it but I thought it might be too rough on his gums. So I use like a cotton puff (square ones, not the ball cotton puffs) and wrap that around my finger and rub at his teeth. Elmo has a chicken flavoured tooth paste but I don't use that often though he likes the taste, I don't like the smell of it.

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    Feed him a raw food diet and you'll never have tooth problems with your pet. My cats have great teeth.

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    I feed my dog Eukanuba dry food and canned food, her teeth look awesome. They're really white and they don't have any tartar build up.

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    How old is your dog Ralphy?

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    I give my boys dried food with occasional raw meat and lots of BONES (uncooked! - NEVER give a dog cooked bones) to chew on. Chat up your local butcher and he might even give you some. For a small dog the lamb legbones are a good size and they spend hours trying to get to the marrow inside the bone. Their teeth look fantastic and they have no bad breath problems either.
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    Well she's only 8 months old but she had no bad breath either, some dogs breath stinks since they're just puppies.

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    I used to give my dog bones (well, cooked ones off of beef ribs, cooked ones are bad???) but then he cracked his molar (happened a few years ago and his tooth had to be taken out) so we stopped doing that. We had also given him a small cow bone thingy (hollow) but after his cracked molar we threw that away, too.

    p.s. my dog is 9 yrs old.

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    I think if you give your dogs cooked bones they break pieces off and can get stuck in their throat. They would need surgery to get those out.

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    Cooked bones become brittle and will shatter. ALWAYS give them raw. There's all sorts of minerals and calcium etc in raw bone.
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    ^^ I heard chicken bones are particularly bad but my dog mostly nibbled on the rib bones and when he started to get a little aggressive with chewing I'd take it away from him. I think he might have been really chewing too hard at the other beef bone thingy (white and very much hardened) that I bought from a petstore and that's how he might have cracked his molar.

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    Just get a fresh, raw bone from the butcher (or ask in the meat dept of your supermarket). Dogs can't chew 'too hard' and if they really get into the bone it means they are enjoying it AND it's scraping all that gunk off their teeth.
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    Contrary to popular myth, dry food does not "clean" cats' or dogs' teeth. That's BS from the pet food companies to push product that is 95 per cent or more cheap grain filler and very little protein. Not to mention food dyes and even sugar.

    There is good-quality dry food, but it will never be as good as raw meat. I think a mixture is reasonable, and bones are great. Even my cats will gnaw on small uncooked bones.

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    I clean my Chesney's teeth once a week with special doggy toothpaste.
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