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Old 07-12-2017, 05:21 PM
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Dog toothpaste?

I want to buy dog toothpaste for my dog. I have some anxiety because I feel bad not brushing her teeth after dental work she got. I think there's tartar forming...her teeth is white in parts but there's some yellow/brown in parts as well. I got a discount last time but I probably won't for the next time. How much can it be improved with brushing? I think it's more of a preventative care routine? Will she be okay for 6 mths to a year if I start brushing? I hope to get a new job where I can make enough for a new dental cleaning. I was feeding raw bones - will that help? I stopped for a long time though.... a butcher would always give me the entire carcass....if I offer to pay to cut it up so I just get the chicken backs/necks, do you think butchers would do that? What do you do?

I'm reading about 'natural' toothpaste but there doesn't seem to be much... I read that Kissable but some complain about the tea tree oil in it. It seems like there's mixed thoughts about it - the tea tree oil is supposedly not enough in % to cause problem (a lot is toxic) but others say why risk anything? The other toothpaste brands have sorbitol / dextrose in them which is bad in itself....another drawback or negative. But, maybe just put a little bit of toothpaste on the brush? Those amounts of sorbitol isn't a lot or is it? It is usually the first or second ingredient listed. The Vets like C.E.T. which I can get but they just want to sell them, right? Both are $12 for a tube. I can get one at the Vet's and the other at a local pet store.

Some people talk about creating their own but I don't want to try this yet. I don't think it's going to be easy for her to allow her teeth being brushed so I want to take it gradual and slow. I know she will probably like the taste and the toothpaste itself but probably won't be too keen on the brushing - which is the point. I read that it's the actual brushing that helps and in theory, you don't really need the toothpaste - is that right? In that case, either of these tubes (brands) would do if I just apply a small amount? Either way, what brand do you recommend? Which should I go with? Or is there another brand or method to try? The others I'd probably have to order although Art & Hammer is available at Pet Smart stores. I think the C.E.T. would be the best one, though, if I accept one of these top brands that have sorbitol (I think practically all of them do unless it's a 'natural' one). Please help?

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Its really a question of conditioning them, so they know what to expect. I brush Samantha's teeth every morning, without fail. I use canine toothpaste with enzymes that fight tartar buildup. She last had her teeth professionally cleaned when she was 3 years old. She is now over 8 years and her teeth are still clean and white, Vet says they need no intervention. I am a believer of brushing their teeth. I wouldn't say she especially looks forward to having me do that, but she tolerates it, without complaint. She knows its going to happen every morning, so she expects it.
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Its really a question of conditioning them, so they know what to expect. I brush Samantha's teeth every morning, without fail. I use canine toothpaste with enzymes that fight tartar buildup. She last had her teeth professionally cleaned when she was 3 years old. She is now over 8 years and her teeth are still clean and white, Vet says they need no intervention. I am a believer of brushing their teeth. I wouldn't say she especially looks forward to having me do that, but she tolerates it, without complaint. She knows its going to happen every morning, so she expects it.
What brand though and what ingredients are in it? I came across a few brands that all had enzymes. The thing is, though, they also had sorbitol.

I called my Vet yesterday to ask about these (kinds of) toothpastes and brought up the fact that sorbitol was in them including the one they sell, the CET brand. The girl on the phone vehemently denied that sorbitol was in them and wondered if I meant, instead, Xylitol. I said, no, I don't mean that....anyway, she said there's nothing bad/unhealthy in the toothpaste or they wouldn't sell it. I don't agree as I think many vets sell dog kibble with byproducts in them but that's not the topic/subject here.

I am wondering whether I should buy a natural toothpaste but concede that tea tree oil will be in it, albeit, at very low dosages or one with enzymes in it BUT accept that it will contain sorbitol (but, I don't know at what levels). Either one is undesirable but the only other option seems to be: A) make your own or B) put something else onto the toothbrush but what, exactly?

I suppose dog owners here who buy toothpaste accept that sorbitol or tea tree oil is in the toothpaste they use but feel like it won't be enough to cause harm?

I just want to start brushing - I believe it is the brushing that helps but wonder if there should at least be something on the brush - maybe a small dab will be sufficient? But, which to buy?

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I feed my dog raw bones, raw chicken feet, bully sticks, antlers, etc and her teeth are perfectly white. My vet compliments me on them when I bring her in. I don't brush them anymore and honestly, her teeth look better now than when I did brush daily.
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My understanding is that sorbitol is safe for dogs but xylitol is not, although I understand you not wanting to take a chance either way. All of the dog enzyme toothpastes I've checked have sorbitol. :-/

What about something like this?
Dog Dental Health: Drs. Foster & Smith Dental Cleanser and Dental Sponges

I don't think that has the enzyme tarter control like the toothpaste, but it's antibacterial and doesn't have sorbitol.

I'm wary of using human toothpaste for dogs because I've read that the fluoride can cause problems. I'm not sure how accurate that is, though. I need to do more research, myself.
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My vet's recommendation was to use any canine toothpaste that included enzymes for controlling tartar.
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I feed my dog raw bones, raw chicken feet, bully sticks, antlers, etc and her teeth are perfectly white. My vet compliments me on them when I bring her in. I don't brush them anymore and honestly, her teeth look better now than when I did brush daily.
I want to feed raw bones but I am scared of pet store bones - I gave bully sticks (if we're talking about the same thing) to my previous dog. I don't like that they are coated in some gooey stuff I don't know what it is. Also, I worry about it being from China. The chicken feet, necks and backs is what I'd like - but the last time I went to a local butcher, they just gave me the entire carcass.... Should I just accept that, cut off the pieces I want and throw the rest away? It looked like it would be pretty messy.... it was also frozen...so thaw it out and cut it up? I guess I should have just tried it. I should probably contact again - it's better to have it and do the work than not have it.... she's not chewing anything right now. I feel bad about it.

Maybe I'm just worried about her hurting herself but her not chewing anything is bad in itself.

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My understanding is that sorbitol is safe for dogs but xylitol is not, although I understand you not wanting to take a chance either way. All of the dog enzyme toothpastes I've checked have sorbitol. :-/

What about something like this?
Dog Dental Health: Drs. Foster & Smith Dental Cleanser and Dental Sponges

I don't think that has the enzyme tarter control like the toothpaste, but it's antibacterial and doesn't have sorbitol.

I'm wary of using human toothpaste for dogs because I've read that the fluoride can cause problems. I'm not sure how accurate that is, though. I need to do more research, myself.
I will have to think about the spray and sponges. Never heard of it before.

Human toothpastes are a no-no for dogs. The ingredients therein are harmful to dogs including Xylitol and fluoride,

The Dangers of using Human Toothpaste on Pets | Second opinion doctor
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@BenP My butcher sells chicken feet by the pound. You could certainly ask your butcher to chop the chickens up for you!

I get my beef femurs from my raw food supplier.

Do you currently feed raw?

ETA: I only buy bully sticks and antlers sourced and processed in the USA.
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Thank you for confirmation that human toothpaste is not good for dogs. I didn't know better and must have dodged a bullet with my last pup. Used human toothpaste on the admittedly rare occasions I brushed her teeth throughout her entire life. I know better now. Doggie toothpaste only for new pup.
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@BenP My butcher sells chicken feet by the pound. You could certainly ask your butcher to chop the chickens up for you!

I get my beef femurs from my raw food supplier.

Do you currently feed raw?

ETA: I only buy bully sticks and antlers sourced and processed in the USA.
I feed prepared raw.

I will have to find out if the pet store proprietor/manager can find out where their bully sticks come from? I guess they would know?

Would chicken backs be okay for a 9 lb dog, Jack Russell and Chihuahua mix (guessing)? I just called the butcher and they said they would be available tomorrow afternoon.

I can't recall if I fed her those before. I do know I've given her chicken necks before...she crunches them up pretty quickly (not much chewing, I think) - I had them from a butcher and the pet store before.

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Thank you for confirmation that human toothpaste is not good for dogs. I didn't know better and must have dodged a bullet with my last pup. Used human toothpaste on the admittedly rare occasions I brushed her teeth throughout her entire life. I know better now. Doggie toothpaste only for new pup.
No problem. At least, you found out. I am hesitant to do things until I know for sure. Maybe too much on the side of caution?
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