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Old 02-16-2016, 08:24 PM
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Ozzy, I do appreciate you "defending" me. One of the reasons that dogs succumb to anesthetic during a cleaning is because diseased teeth can cause heart trouble. I'm not against cleanings in general, just the total lack of taking my dog's age, past history and current good health into account when making a medical recommendation.

As with humans, dental health is important. Cleaning is a way to do that, but to me it should be a last resort, not the go-to and most certainly not considered routine. Primary because of the anestetic. Human anestistestics are some of the most well-paid and vigiousrly trained dr's in the hospital, even above brain and heart surgeons. The average vet does not have the same expertise and dogs and their physiology vary even more than humans from little tea cup poodles who are barley 3 pounds, to 180lbs great pirneeses to collies with sharp pointy noses to pugs with brasilific snouts.

I am forever battling not getting the newest heart worm pill or completely untested digestible flea and tick medicine. Her biospot works fine for her and has worked for 8 years...I'm NOT changing what works because some pharmaceutical company made a pill.

I also looked into the lyme vaccine but when I asked about the effectiveness rates was completely appalled at the results. They may as well be selling snake oil.
Yup, I don't use flea treatment either, nor do I get the lyme or lepto vaccines. My vets are "big pharma" vets where I worked, but even they generally don't recommend those vaccines unless the dog is at seriously high risk of getting the diseases. Most aren't.

May I ask what state and general area you are in? Are you willing to travel? I'll see if I can look one up for you. You might have luck if you google "Integrative veterinarian" or "holistic veterinarin" and your city/state. You can call and ask questions or peruse their website to find out more. I learned about integrative vets from a webinar during the Raw Roundup last year by Dr. Marty Goldstein. He is highly respected, and has critical patients come see him from across the country. One of the questions posted to him was if he had any integrative vets he recommended for people on the west coast, and to my surprise, they were only 2 hours away in the same city as my grandmother. I was ecstatic. This vet actually started investigating Dr Goldstein and wanted to find enough evidence to report him to the board because he didn't believe the medicine he practiced was ethical; he thought it was a bunch of crock. Well he met and interned with Dr. Goldstein and saw how well it worked and totally turned around LOL.
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@seashoreduck, I'm with you on these. As for the flea treatments, have a look at Brewer's Yeast. I started my dog on it for anxiety and a great side effect is that fleas hate it. She hasn't had a flea shot since June and I keep being told how terrible the fleas have been since the summer, but Fin's had none. I'm happy if they never need another of those shots.
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@TiggerBounce, do you have any personal recommendations for anything that can help eradicate tarter? Our new 4 year old has brown teeth. I took him to the vet assuming he'd need a treatment in the next few months, but he said it isn't really that bad and wait at least a few years.

Jav hates having me touch his mouth at all. I managed to rub some of that anti-plaque gel on his front teeth when he was new here (and extremely docile!) and between that and some chews much of the plaque has come off, but he is terrified of the gel now. He couldn't eat crunchy food when I got him, he can now but prefers soft. I hate the idea that his teeth may hurt or cause issues later. I've heard of a liquid additive to food/water but also some complications from it, so no dice there. Any ideas would be appreciated.

And, if you have a database of holistic vets, if it includes Canadian vets, I'd love if you could pass any Vancouver names my way, please.
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@TiggerBounce, do you have any personal recommendations for anything that can help eradicate tarter? Our new 4 year old has brown teeth. I took him to the vet assuming he'd need a treatment in the next few months, but he said it isn't really that bad and wait at least a few years.

Jav hates having me touch his mouth at all. I managed to rub some of that anti-plaque gel on his front teeth when he was new here (and extremely docile!) and between that and some chews much of the plaque has come off, but he is terrified of the gel now. He couldn't eat crunchy food when I got him, he can now but prefers soft. I hate the idea that his teeth may hurt or cause issues later. I've heard of a liquid additive to food/water but also some complications from it, so no dice there. Any ideas would be appreciated.

And, if you have a database of holistic vets, if it includes Canadian vets, I'd love if you could pass any Vancouver names my way, please.
I'm not sure how comprehensive this directory is, but you can check it out! http://www.civtedu.org/canada/

I checked the CA list and there are integrative vets that I know of that aren't on the list. So I'm sure if you do some digging, you might find more. Remember you can always call somebody farther away and see if they have references for your area. I have a suspicion that integrative veterinarians tend to keep more in contact with one another, just because the community is smaller.

As for teeth care, I personally have seen incredible results from feeding a raw diet. Idk how feasible that is for you. If you can't do all raw, you can always do partial, and include large meaty pieces for your dog to chew and gnaw on. The perk of this is that it doesn't require you to actively handle your dogs mouth. Good items would sorta depend on how big your dog is. But turkey necks, chicken necks, chicken wings, sometimes chicken drumsticks or leg quarters, pork ribs, lamb heads. Also beef cheek meat is VERY thick and my dogs have to really work on a big chunk of it. It's not just about the bones, it's just the chewing/rubbing in general. Raw meat also contains enzymes that some say help.

All three of my dogs are on raw and have been for 8 years now. My oldest is 14. Tarter is VERY minimal and the vet (a normal modern vet) was very impressed. Especially given that she is a small dog, and small breeds are notorious for bad teeth. My second oldest is turning 10 in March. No tarter at all. Their mouths are very healthy and I think it's a combination of good genes and the raw diet.

I also have a cat on raw too. He was 4 and already had tarter buildup. Nothing that needed a dental right then. But it was what I would call a moderate amount. At the time, he was kibble fed. When he had a urinary blockage, I started looking into raw as a possible alternative to prescription diet. I made the switch and within 6 weeks, the tarter was completely gone. I wish I had taken photos.

If you do provide some meaty pieces and bones, then it would buy you time to counter condition your dog to having his mouth handled so you can use gels and supplements that help work.
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