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05-20-2014 06:20 PM
KayDub Thanks for all the advice guys! We're going to try some chews, stick with our brushing. Maybe try some teeth gel now and then if she takes to the chews well to help with that. I'll give myself some time research up raw food diets better. I also agree just like with humans the older you get the more risk that comes with anesthetic so we'll avoid that route. Her teeth aren't bad enough to require such measures. She's just reached a point where I know I have to step up care a bit.
05-20-2014 09:27 AM
llombardo I have an almost 10 year old non GSD and her teeth are in really good shape. I don't like putting dogs under, especially older dogs. Raw knuckle bones keep her teeth in good shape.
05-20-2014 09:14 AM
Mesonoxian
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Mesonoxian A diet switch up may help, I've often thought the diet she's been on a while hasn't been great for her teeth. Tooth gel is probably a better fit for her tolerance as well. Also love the Dean Koontz quote .
Yeah, I can understand the diet concern. Even though I had Lena on a pretty good kibble, her teeth went downhill fast. They were marginally better when I switched her to Orijen, but still not great (the damage was done). The tooth gel combined with some tasty antlers was what really started to get the nasty stuff off.

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I may start off with the raw diet see how she takes to it. It's her back teeth I'm noticing could use some help staying clean. She's always been such a plush toy girl. I'll look into some other things she can chew on to get back there to where I can't really.
Lena's back teeth were the first to get clean on raw, her canines took a little longer. Some of that may depend on how your dog prefers to chew. My sister's Husky chews pretty evenly in her mouth, but Lena concentrates on her rear "power" teeth.

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That's great! Lots of info on a raw diet on this forum if you need it. Personally, I would avoid a dental cleaning if you can get her teeth clean using raw and tooth brushing- not worth putting a 9 year old under anesthesia.
This forum was a HUGE part of me finally taking the leap into raw. Lots of great info and great people on here! (When you ask for advice/info, be sure to mention the size of your dog. I had some people assuming I was feeding a 70lb dog - Lena barely tips the scale to 30)

I was considering a dental cleaning, but because of the anesthesia, I wanted to try anything else I possibly could, first.

I hope you have success with whatever you try!
05-20-2014 08:51 AM
I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO
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I may start off with the raw diet see how she takes to it. It's her back teeth I'm noticing could use some help staying clean. She's always been such a plush toy girl. I'll look into some other things she can chew on to get back there to where I can't really.
That's great! Lots of info on a raw diet on this forum if you need it. Personally, I would avoid a dental cleaning if you can get her teeth clean using raw and tooth brushing- not worth putting a 9 year old under anesthesia.
05-20-2014 02:01 AM
Wild Wolf There is another product I used to recommend a lot while I was working at a local pet health specialty store... PetzLife Oral Gel... customers said it worked, and we used it often on the two in-store cats, and I saw it work for them too. I am fairly confident in the product.

If you use an oral gel like PetzLife or zymox make sure you provide the right chews to help scrape the softened gunk off the teeth. I really only trust marrow bones, knuckle bones, etc... but a good nylabone or something similar would help greatly.

You can also buy a tooth scaler to use once the gels start working and softening the stuff on the teeth.
05-20-2014 01:18 AM
Baleato All the stuff that you are doing sounds great. I like to give dogs raw bones once a week to chew on, which seems to really help and they love it.
Going to the vet and have a dental done is really worth doing if you can afford it. They have to give the animal a general anaesthetic, so with older dogs pre-anaesthetic blood work should be done. While the dog is under the vet will check the degree of gum disease and do a clean and scale. This is especially good for dogs that resent having their mouth looked at; your vet may pick up fractures that were previously unnoticed.
Ideally for a dog that has problems, have their teeth cleaned so that you can maintain them on a dry food diet, or half dry half wet. Once the dog is on solely wet food their teeth will only get worse. High quality dog food such as Hills Science Diet is formulated so that it helps to remove plaque build up as the dog chews it.
05-20-2014 12:56 AM
KayDub I may start off with the raw diet see how she takes to it. It's her back teeth I'm noticing could use some help staying clean. She's always been such a plush toy girl. I'll look into some other things she can chew on to get back there to where I can't really.
05-19-2014 10:49 PM
Sunflowers
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zymox makes such a good product for ears , and now, there is a dental / oral care line Zymox Oral Care Breath Freshener, Water Additive, & Dental Gel for Dogs and Cats
What is your opinion of the sorbitol in these products?
05-19-2014 10:41 PM
Mikelia I`ve found the biggest help with teeth is chewing - they need to chew on things regularly. A variety of shapes too. Round things (like knuckle bones) help the back teeth and longer things (like the occasional beef leg bone) will work the canines a bit more. Also, watch the kibble you feed. Something high in sugar (beneful for example) and especially high in carbs (dog chow as another example) tend to cake the plaque and tartar on faster.
I was struggling with my 7 year old rescue dogs teeth. The vet thinks it is because of long term malnutrition the plaque and tartar just builds up faster (he was starved the first 3 years of his life). He is very busy and won`t lie down long enough to really chew on something. I switched all my dogs to raw and his teeth have been beautiful since, and he loves to chew up raw bones. I know everyone here jumps on the raw bandwagon but it honestly was the best thing for his teeth. I have an almost 5 year old, almost 6 year old, 8 year old and 11-14ish year old and they all have sparkling white teeth and get nothing special - no tooth brushing, no gels, no additives in the water. Just plain old species appropriate diet.
05-19-2014 10:07 PM
I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO My dog will be 9 in September and his teeth are all white thanks to his raw diet
Even if you don't switch to raw, give her some raw meaty bones to chew on (but avoid weight bearing bones of large animals, such as a cow's femur, if your dog tries to bite down on the bones).
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