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We can't afford to go all raw, but for the occasional treat I would DEFINITELLY be interested in trying raw. Especialy if it would help with dental hygiene.
 

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We can't afford to go all raw, but for the occasional treat I would DEFINITELLY be interested in trying raw. Especialy if it would help with dental hygiene.
Beef ribs are good. We use rawhide but only from the Wholesome Hide. Also, Nylabonebut only the blue ones with little nubbies.
 

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I see VERY good results with the T/D prescription food. I just recommend using them as a treat a few times a day. My mother has a shihtzu who is 9 years old and has a history of bad teeth. We would get his teeth cleaned every year and he would still loose a tooth or 2 each year. So we started to use the vet recommended T/D as a treat and he hasn't had a dental in 2 years and his teeth are doing GREAT! Some of the smaller dogs with the flat or semi flat muzzles get teeth issues more then other breeds. My dogs are all larger dogs ranging from 2 yrs - 5 yrs and they chew ALOT and what works the best for their teeth are beef bones / knuckle bones. I think the crunchy style of the bone is what really cleans the teeth rather then the chewing type of bones. They all have beautiful teeth. =-) I am a firm believer in having the vet clean my dogs teeth when they get to a certain point which is not always at the same time for every dog. I have seen 4 year old dogs with teeth so bad it could have been the teeth of a 15 yr old dog. then we have seen 15 yr old dogs with beautiful pearly whites. It falls on the breed of dog and their habits of chewing and diet.
 

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I'm spending less on raw than I was on kibble right now per pound... Just a heads up. :)
 

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Chew-eez is the brand that I have found works best for my dogs. I used to give them denta-stix but I found that they finished them too fast and it spent too little time in my dogs mouth rubbing against their teeth. Chew-eez takes them about 15 minutes to chew and really is effective. Plus they love it! If I am late in giving them it, then they come and sit in front of me wagging their tails and indicating that it is time for them to get it.
 

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None of the "dental" chews worked for my dog. She would chomp them too quickly and gulp them down. For non-edible chews, I like Nylabones and elk antlers.
 

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Please try to either brush your dog's teeth, or use elk antlers, and raw meaty bones. Dental chews like Greenies have shown to have adverse effects which include indigestion, choking, and in some cases, death. When you're feeding your dog something that's not wholly good for them, in the hopes of brushing their teeth, you are really trading one problem for an even worse one. A lot of those 'dental chews' contain artificial ingredients including rubber, which a dog does not process very well.
 
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