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Old 01-22-2013, 06:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Other than brushing, which Rosco hates! and I can't do it alone (I need a helper to hold him still and open his mouth), how can I keep his teeth a sparkly white?

Today he was panting outside and I could tell that his teeth were REALLY dirty, one tooth has a lot of light brown plaque on it. This is one of those times when I wish I could afford raw. :'( I'm sad. Need help.


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Our dogs have deer antlers, which give them lots of chewing/cleaning opportunities.
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Ok so I tried clicker training him to tolerate having his lips touched pulled upward, mouth played with, toothbrush on teeth. It worked out pretty well... :/ lips or flews!!! get very slobbery haha hard to get any traction cuz they kept slipping haha. I will have to get him some bite sized antlers, his antlers are gigantic, well came off a little 8 point buck, but still big. Tomorrow we will try the toothpaste as well.
Thank you for the advice, I hope he will like them, I tried once but he had no interest, now he really enjoys the set in the backyard so I will give it a go.


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Sally stole a toothbrush from the bin the other day, she has had a great time chewing on it, maybe you can give him the toothbrush with something yummy squished into it for him to have a supervised chew on...
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Frozen turkey necks do a great deal of cleaning for EXACTLY what you showed us

Gotta be frozen solid though!
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You can try buying beef rib bones... they are usually fairly cheap ( I know they are here so they must be where you are)... and give him one of those to munch on. It'll help to clean his teeth. Or like Martinc has suggested, frozen turkey necks work well too

p.s. give everything raw
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Can those who don't feed raw give the bones like that?? I wish my hubby was more willing to switch to raw.
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Can those who don't feed raw give the bones like that?? I wish my hubby was more willing to switch to raw.

Yup they're prefectly fine as treats
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Can those who don't feed raw give the bones like that?? I wish my hubby was more willing to switch to raw.
Amen sister!!!
He's such a (insert evil name here), he says well why would you let a dog eat better than me? (He's kidding right? This dog lover...he's being funny!....right? No.) because its up to us to make sure he is healthy and has the best life, we are his parents, he depends on us, so we have to make sure, he doesn't eat junk food all day, and that he eats food that is healthy for him!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:[ I was so mad but I knew we couldn't switch to raw anyway bc it's too expensive for us right now. But yeah, men can be such jerks!!!!


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