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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-03-2010, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Oral Hygiene

My dog is 2 years old. We have brushed his teeth weekly (up to 3x/wk) since we got him at 12 weeks of age. I've used good quality enzymatic toothpaste and he tolerates this fine.

None-the-less, he plaque build up has been getting worse especially on the top back teeth.

Last week we started using PetZGel daily and his teeth are already looking better. Has anyone heard of this product or used it? The owner of our local organic pet store recommended it.
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Yes petzlife is a good thing to use!
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I tried the gel once without success but I am sure the outcomes vary. What I find works best is the dog chewing a raw meaty bone.

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Never tried it, I brush Chances teeth with Kissable toothpaste 3-4x a week and add Four Paws Pet Dental liquid tartar remover to my dogs water bowl each day. I also feed raw bones 2-3x a week which help remove the junk on the back teeth. Chance is 3 and has beautiful teeth. Zoey never had dental care until she was like 9 or 10 so her teeth aren't very pretty but by offering the liquid stuff in her water and raw bones (She isn't a fan of the toothbrush because her mouth is so small) Ive managed to remove at least 80% of the plaque on her teeth without an expensive and risky dental cleaning by the vet! (Which is a lot because her teeth were raunchy!!! I'm honestly surprised getting rid of the amount I did didn't cause her to loose teeth because I thought that was the only thing holding them in place *gags*)
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How is that liquid tatar remover that you add to the water? Is it safe? Any side effects?
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I've been using it for a year and a half now and yet to have any problems. I've also used Dental Fresh brand. My dogs don't seem to mind/notice a taste in the water either.

This is the Dental Fresh:


And the Four Paws brand I currently use:


Both brands have worked well with my dogs.
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Thanks! I'm going to check it out. Jack's not much of a chewer so anything help to keep his doggy breath at bay, I am willing to consider. *phew*
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I tried the gel once without success but I am sure the outcomes vary. What I find works best is the dog chewing a raw meaty bone.
I second Natalie's suggestion. My mom was using that product on her dog, yes it worked, but I convinced her to try a raw meaty bone 3 times a week. First, the dog loved and got a great work out. Second, it cleared her teeth up in about no time.

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Raw meaty bones have natural enzymes that will break down the tarter. The dog would much more enjoy that than a toothbrush IMO.
My dogs have pearly whites/no bad breath and I've never brushed their teeth.

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What type of raw meaty bones do you give your dogs? I'm sure Jack would love it. He doesn't tolerate red meat... diarrhea.

Also, where do you get the bones?
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