Q: Good food/treats for dog's dental health?
My dog seems to build up tartar, etc...pretty fast on his teeth. I do brush them regularly and he just had them cleaned at the vet in March. And he already has buildup that you can easily see. And he is pretty young, at 4 years old. Does anyone know of a good quality food and/or treats that really help promote dental health? I asked my vet and they just recommended their prescription diet, which is an option, but I was hoping I could maybe find something more accessible at Petsmart or Petco, and we have a natural pet foods store too.
Aug 27, 2009
no food or treat really acts like a toothbrush, despite what many seem to think. There are two ways to keep tartar from building up on a dog's teeth: Brushing with an enzymatic toothpaste, or providing good, natural, durable chewies like raw meaty bones. Think about it... you'll never see a wolf with a dirty smile, and raw bones are a good part of the reason. Another thing you could look into is the dog's diet. Is the food you feed more cereal based than it should be? When you read the ingredients, are good meat ingredients at least two out of the first three ingredients in the bag? If not, carbohydrate rich diets can contribute to sugars in the dog's mouth, which feed plaque and create tartar.
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Aug 28, 2009
Dry food is better for your dog than canned because canned tends to build up tarter faster. I know at petsmart they carry food specifically for teeth but i cant think of the name. Also I use greenies but you have to be careful with them because they are not to easy on some dogs bellies. My dogs love Nyla bones. I buy the chicken or beef flavored. They are durable and last forever and they are better than rawhides for your dogs teeth and stomach. They love them and it has helped me the most as an ade to also brushing there teeth. I know walmart and petsmart carries nyla bones and they come in all shapes and sizes. I hope this helps.
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