Originally Posted by Cynna
, 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.