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Old 11-19-2012, 12:34 AM   #11 (permalink)
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a while ago a border collie rescue group Raided a puppy mill the female dogs had their teeth filed down so they couldn't bite the males when they were breeding them some people are sick!!! thank God you saved this poor girl
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:37 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The best deal on premade raw is the Bravo 10lb mix. You would probably have to special order that though. You can find the more popular brands like Nature's Variety and Primal in many stores that sell the high quality grain-free foods. What is your location?
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:53 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Freestep View Post
It's not unusual for an older dog's teeth to be worn. If the dog is 9-10 years old, she has probably worn down her canines from chewing, but if she wasn't well cared for in the past and suffered from malnutrition, that could have weakened her teeth. In any case, I doubt anyone filed them or anything like that.

Don't worry about canned food not being nutritious enough; pet food, both dry and canned, can't be sold as a "complete and balanced" diet unless it is a complete source of nutrition, so you can feed her nothing but canned food and she'll be fine. But if she's not eating at first, it's likely due more to anxiety than painful teeth.
This. I would be more concerned about feeding her raw as her chompers would have to work to get the most nutrition out of it.

A good high quality kibble soaked, or canned and kibble mixed together ought to work.

Her teeth will need assessed and pulled if necessary. Dogs tend to swallow food whole anyway - we fed our senior Basset foster kibble with cottage cheese mixed in for variety and he just took mouthfuls and swallowed it down.
Smaller kibble works better for that
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:00 AM   #14 (permalink)
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A Vet visit, I would think, would be in order.
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