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    Just back from the vets with Charlie (two year old cocker) and apart from remarks about making sure he does not loose anymore weight (down from 20kg to 17kg in the heat and he has been working hard) they want me to have a go at cleaning his teeth. He has plenty of stuff to chew on but still some build up that the recommend removing. Any suggestions on how best to do this would be welcome before i get out the tooth brush. 

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    Is he getting proper bones to chew on? We've tried all the denta-sticks and so on, but bones seem best. My 11 year old ridgeback has always had bones and her teeth are sparkling. 

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    Not bones but plenty of antler. When i give him a bone tendency is to bury it somewhere and dig it up when it's rancid. The antler is chewed but i will admit it's not something that he is that interested in. 

    I tried the denta sticks but he just eat them and they did not appear to do anything. 

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    As bones make ours **** Olympic style we use a combination of Plaqueoff on food and a sea jerky twist from fish4dogs daily, denta sticks are both absolutely useless and not particularly good for the pooch.  The combination seems to work for us and the jerky is good for the dog as a bonus.

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    We have same problem with 4yr old cocker, she isnt interested in bones so after much research we are trying this product. Early days only a week in but we can see an improvement already so i remain optimistic. We have been brushing it on but in next few days we will use as intended

     

    Tropiclean gel

    http://tropiclean.com/product/fresh-breath-clean-teeth-gel-pets/

    Available from amazon

    Edited by ips

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    Go to the local stable yard 

    ask when the farrier is there next and get some horses hoof clippings the bigger the better 

    always had clean teeth on mine and never used anything else 

    all the best 

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    6 hours ago, ips said:

    We have same problem with 4yr old cocker, she isnt interested in bones so after much research we are trying this product. Early days only a week in but we can see an improvement already so i remain optimistic. We have been brushing it on but in next few days we will use as intended

     

    Tropiclean gel

    http://tropiclean.com/product/fresh-breath-clean-teeth-gel-pets/

    Available from amazon

    +1 and available from Fetch too amongst others

    Tried Plaqueoff powder initially but seemed to upset our all dogs digestive systems

    Another successful product had grapefruit seed oil in it and it worked well but for the life of me I can't remember what it was called

    I got a warning about tooth fractures with antlers from my vet.

    However Tropiclean as suggested by ips is the stuff.............I prefer the gel.  They do drops to go in the water bowl but I don't like mucking about with their water.

    Edited by LeadWasp

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    Definitely worth doing it before they need to have the plaque scraped off under anesthetic, our beagle had it done at the start of the year aged 8. I thought that bill was a dull one until she broke her kneecap a week ago. 

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    Update

    About ten days into tropiclean and although she still has some discolouring / plaque the results so far are quite dramatic. Its fair to say i was somewhat sceptical but this stuff is amazing

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    I have the same problem with my 3 WCS, and I use the chicken flavoured enzyme dog toothpaste. And then use my thumb nail to remove the harder looking stuff a long the gum line,  and have great success with this method. And also the odd raw bone as well.

     

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    On 10/07/2018 at 19:42, Dave at kelton said:

    Never cleaned the dogs teeth in forty years, just give them a good big beef knuckle bone which does it.

    Same... well, not quite 40... yet.

    Bones, young dogs sometimes can't figure them out immediately but stick them in a cage or dog box with a bone and it doesn't take long...

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    1 hour ago, WGD said:

    Same... well, not quite 40... yet.

    Bones, young dogs sometimes can't figure them out immediately but stick them in a cage or dog box with a bone and it doesn't take long...

    Absolutely right good way of keeping them occupied while the runs are being cleaned as well!

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    Bones are the best thing for dogs teeth, got a 2 year old Lab and a 9 year old Beagle and both dogs teeth are bright white.

    Lamb ribs, turkey necks, duck and chicken feet for pups, then a bit older they get knuckle bones once a week. Be careful of weight bearing bones though as they can crack teeth, however the teeth on my dogs are fine.

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