How to save on your dogs dental cleanings

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If you have a dog there will come a time when your Veterinarian tells you that he/she needs a dentistry.  Then they will hand you the bill.

 Owning a pet care business that offers grooming, we see many pet parents neglecting their dogs dental hygiene.  We are often told that the main reason for this is due to the price of dentistry.  We have clients that have been told that their dogs dentistry bill will run anywhere from $300 to $2000.  Dog dentistry is recommended by many veterinarians once a year.

Sadly, when a pets teeth are neglected it will lead not only to bad breath but also to gum disease.  This will cause painful teeth and the loss of teeth.  If left untreated for years, tartar buildup can also lead to heart and kidney problems which can shorten your pets life.

 Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help prevent tartar buildup on your pets teeth, therefore minimizing or totally eliminating the need for a dentistry.

Daily brushing of your pets teeth will help minimize tartar buildup and is recommended by most veterinarians.  we have found that brushing alone is not as effective as providing your pet with an all natural beef shank, knuckle or for small dogs, knee cap bone.  Canines in the wild naturally chew bones, it aids in teeth cleaning.    In our experience, the chewing of bones get areas of your pets teeth clean that brushing  alone cannot.  Dogs put a large amount of pressure on their rear teeth when chewing a bone which helps chip away at the tartar.   Providing your pet with chew toys and dental chews will also help.  However, we have seen remarkable results using a product called Petzlife oral care gel. http://astore.amazon.com/wwwsupermutts-20/detail/B009T6KT20

Years ago we lived with a pack of 4 large dogs.   We started using Petzlife oral care gel twice daily applying a liberal amount with our finger on each side of the dogs mouth.  After two weeks, we saw improvement in the amount of tartar on the older dogs and a marked improvement in the bad breath.   At the three week mark, we gave our dogs large beef knuckle bones to chew on.  http://astore.amazon.com/wwwsupermutts-20/detail/B002FYXEDE.  The next day we checked our pets teeth and to our surprise, the dogs with tartar buildup had a large decrease in tartar.  On one dog the tartar was completely gone! (Yes, completely).  This sold us on the product and we started recommending it to all of our clients.  Some of our clients stated that that they did not see a difference. When questioned about the procedure, it was clear they did not follow with the twice daily treatments or their dog was not one to chew on bones.

Here are our recommendations;

  • If your dog is young or does not have tartar buildup, brush teeth daily with an approved toothpaste for dogs  such as Petrodex enzymatic toothpaste.  http://astore.amazon.com/wwwsupermutts-20/detail/B00025K0R6.  You should also start using Petzlife oral care gel once daily or every few days to help prevent tartar from forming.
  • Provide your dog with a natural beef bone daily.  We are not suggesting you give your pet bones from the table.   These can be brittle and splinter and can lodge in your pets intestines.  Never give a pet cooked bones of any kind.   We recommend purchasing them from your local pet or feed store.  As stated above, they come in Shank, Knuckle, Femur or Knee cap.  We will  provide links below to each type of bone that we recommend.
  • If your dog has tartar buildup, purchase petzlife oral care gel and apply liberally, twice daily for three weeks.  After three weeks give your pet a bone to chew on.  Check the teeth daily and continue applying petzlife until the tartar is gone.

Some owners state that their pet does not chew on bones or chew toys.  We have yet to find a pet that will not chew on the beef bones listed above.  However, if your dog will not chew bones, the Petzlife representative recommends brushing your pets teeth after the 3 week period and to manually try to remove the tartar with your finger.

If you do not like to give your pet real bones, you may try one of the Nylabone durachews on the market  http://astore.amazon.com/wwwsupermutts-20/detail/B005A3FEGW  If you start giving your pet bones from puppyhood, when they are teething and automatically chew, they will generally continue throughout their life.

There are some that say you should not give your dogs bones.  We believe this is based on the thought that people use to give bones from the kitchen table or cooked bones.  These bones are generally small and can splinter, get caught in your pets throat, or cause intestinal blockage.   Dogs have large teeth made for chewing.  Wild dogs chew on bones after eating.  It is natural for dogs to chew.  Chewing bones strengthens gums, cleans and sharpens teeth and dogs enjoy doing it.  The bones we are recommending are thick bones that do not splinter and cannot be chewed up in a short period of time.  These bones last for months in our house (and we have powerful chewers).  For 15 years we have been giving our dogs and our clients dogs these bones with only one incident of a broken tooth.    Since implementing this system, we had a  female Ridgeback mix who lived to be 13 years old and a Boxer that lived to be 9.  They never needed a dentistry.  Our current dogs, a Boxer and English bulldog are 8 and 6 years old, have no tartar and also have never needed a dentistry.  The Veterinarian always says their teeth look great!

Once the tartar is removed from your pets teeth, you can then provide bones to chew on periodically for maintenance.  If you notice tartar beginning to form, you can start using  Petzlife oral gel again.  This is a system that has worked for us and has maintained our pets dental health without a lot of costly dental bills.

All of these products can be found on our website at http://astore.amazon.com/wwwsupermutts-20 and are shipped through Amazon.

Links

Beef shank bone  – http://astore.amazon.com/wwwsupermutts-20/detail/B00AEDY64E

Beef Knuckle bone – http://astore.amazon.com/wwwsupermutts-20/detail/B002FYXEDE

Beef Femur bonehttp://astore.amazon.com/wwwsupermutts-20/detail/B000633NXM

For small dogs: Beef kneecaphttp://astore.amazon.com/wwwsupermutts-20/detail/B003XRN54K

Nylabone Durachewhttp://astore.amazon.com/wwwsupermutts-20/detail/B008A3TE8I

Petzlife oral gelhttp://astore.amazon.com/wwwsupermutts-20/detail/B009T6KT20

 

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