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Discussion in 'General Dog Forum' started by Shalista, Aug 3, 2019.

  1. Shalista

    Shalista Active Member Registered

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    So bax used to be raw fed and he had the most gorgeous pearly whites. Ever since i switched him to kibble they've gotten worse and worse and now they are downright gross.

    I've tried chews with him but he's not really a chewing kind of dog and has stopped accepting any of the brands ive tried.

    I've desensitized him enough to tolerate me putting my finger in his mouth and poking at his teeth for a few seconds. What kind of tooth brushing products do you guys use?
     
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    I use a normal toothbrush, just a cheap human one. I use Beaphar toothpaste because it is meat flavoured and he's more willing to accept it.
     
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    I use Virbac - the enzymes are supposed to speed up the breakdown of the bacteria. But I have recently been recommended Logic. You can use a rough weave rag on your finger rather than a brush if that would be easier.

    I also have started using braided ostrich tendons - if you can get these, they are absolutely amazing. T is not a big chewed but these chew quite easily and sort of go bristly, you can hear him chomping on the strands. And I have also put canine toothpaste on the tendon its so he is effectively brushing his own teeth.
     
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    Before I raw-fed Jasper I tried various toothpastes - he spat them all out apart from Logic, so I'd at least try that if Bax doesn't like others.

    Could you give him just the occasional chicken wing to benefit his teeth? I know you'd prefer him to be vegan, but manky teeth are going to give him pain and you large bills in the long run.
     
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    walking this afternoon we met a beagle buddy of Bennys, she is now 15.The same age as when Benny died. Benny ate primarily raw and he died with pure white ,perfect teeth, Bailey has had to have several teeth removed because they were so badly decayed..She has had a lifetime of dry food..Just saying..
     
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    There are a few seaweed based or other herbal products you can add to food to help prevent the build up of plaque, have never used them myself so don't know how well they work..might be worth having a look or a try if you want to avoid animal products?
     
  7. Shalista

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    i made a commitment to bax so im not above adding raw back into his diet for his health, i do want to try other options first before i throw in the kibble towel
     
  8. JudyN

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    It probably wouldn't have to be either/or. Just the occasional chicken wing could make a lot of difference and though it's often said you shouldn't mix kibble & raw, plenty of people do with no problem at all.
     
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    why wouldnt you mix it? i mean food is food right? i know doing a hard and fast switcheroo can cause soem stomach upsrt if you dont wean but just adding some extra raw shouldnt matter to much right? o_O
     
  10. JudyN

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    The theory is that raw meat is safe because dogs have short guts so the food passes through faster, giving bacteria less time to breed. But kibble slows the transit time so there's more chance of bacterial infections. Also, kibble can raise the pH of the stomach acid, making it harder for the dog to digest bone (which needs more acidic digestive juices). More here: https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/can-you-mix-raw-dog-food-with-kibble/

    For these reasons, it was suggested that unlike changing brands of kibble, you should go from kibble to raw overnight rather than doing it gradually.

    However, I've seen at least one experiment where kibble passed through a dog faster than raw, and I've never heard anyone say that their dogs had a problem with feeding kibble & raw together. So it's more 'unproven hypothesis'.
     
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    Dry passed though Murphy quicker than a rat up a drainpipe...

    Years ago we did feed our dogs a mix they had dry in the morning and raw in the evening, and they never had any problem with it.
     
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    I would suggest regular use of raw bones for cleaning teeth and healthy gums.
     
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