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11-19-2012 03:00 AM
codmaster A Vet visit, I would think, would be in order.
11-19-2012 12:53 AM
msvette2u
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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
11-19-2012 12:37 AM
BowWowMeow 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?
11-19-2012 12:34 AM
avonbankcollies 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
11-19-2012 12:29 AM
NWHeather Oh, poor girl
I'm glad she's with you now.

I feed my two Common Sense & have been very happy with it. It's the food all of the area PD K9's eat.
Another good raw premade food that I have used before is Darwin's, made out of Seattle. They deliver to your door once a month. It is more expensive, which is why I went with Common Sense, & I just go pick it up at the vendors place.
11-19-2012 12:26 AM
Freestep 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.
11-19-2012 12:11 AM
GSDlover09 Thank you for all your suggestions. By the way where would I purchase this premade raw lol
11-18-2012 08:24 PM
msvette2u I would recommend a "two week shut down" immediately.

I'd not worry about canned food not having the proper nutrients, it has to, to be on the shelf. But you could soften kibble, too, by soaking it a while before her meal.

Deer meat can have all kinds of issues if given raw, including worms and even a type of "mad cow", I forget what it's called though. Hopefully she's avoided those issues.

http://www.bigdogsbighearts.com/2_week_shutdown0001.pdf Two week shut down instructions (and reasoning behind it)
11-18-2012 08:12 PM
onyx'girl Her teeth are probably worn from age and poor nutrition.
What about getting her a premade raw that has ground bone? I don't know if the venison is dangerous, most of the deer in MI have already died off that were bitten by the midge.
What part of the state are you in? Welcome to the site by the way! I hope Tosha has found her forever home to live out her twilight years!
11-18-2012 08:10 PM
1sttimeforgsd I forgot to add that my little terrier mix was a rescue dog that had been in a shelter for the first year of her life and I just potty trained her like she was a puppy. It did not take too long untill she caught on, good luck with your girl.
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