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Old 11-30-2012, 08:18 AM
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Unfortunately, Emma needs a dental. She's a tiny dog with a tiny mouth, and although I brush her teeth on a regular basis, they're still a bit icky. I've tried a couple of different teeth/mouth sprays (Petzlife and Leba- which is $50/bottle) and neither of them did much good.

She weighs 3lbs and is a completely healthy two year old dog. Her blood work last year from her spay came back completely normal. She was put under for her spay obviously, but I'm worried about putting her under again

So... thoughts? I've tried scaling her teeth, but she wants nothing to do with it. A dental is probably the only way to actually solve the issue.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:27 AM
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If you aren't getting anywhere with other methods, the dental is probably the easiest. I worry about putting them under too though, it sucks.

Could try wrapping your finger with gauze and doing it that way (is a little more abrasive than a tooth brush).
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:29 AM
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That sucks maybe some RMBs? Turkey/chicken necks?
Petzlife worked for us.. but it sounds like a dental may be your best bet.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:53 AM
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If you aren't getting anywhere with other methods, the dental is probably the easiest. I worry about putting them under too though, it sucks.

Could try wrapping your finger with gauze and doing it that way (is a little more abrasive than a tooth brush).
The gauze is a good idea- I have some in my cabinet, too. I'll try that tonight!

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That sucks maybe some RMBs? Turkey/chicken necks?
Petzlife worked for us.. but it sounds like a dental may be your best bet.
I've tried RMBs, and they get chews on a regular basis (Himalayans and bullies).

They also eat raw and only get healthy treats.

I hate having to do dentals It's so hard with little dog teeth. Rory's teeth are so pearly and white, and it's SO easy to scale his. He'll just sit there and let me pry back his massive gums.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:04 AM
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Could you get your hands on some cut lamb femurs? The little knuckle ends? That's what we use for tiny dogs. Not trying to push RMBs when you said you've already tried that. I just know a lot of people don't think to try these, and they work wonders.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:08 AM
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Could you get your hands on some cut lamb femurs? The little knuckle ends? That's what we use for tiny dogs. Not trying to push RMBs when you said you've already tried that. I just know a lot of people don't think to try these, and they work wonders.
I haven't tried those- I definitely will! Do you know where I could find them?

I have access to a good bit of places, since the Orlando area is pretty massive. Do you know if Primal or Nature's Variety has packages of them? Our local dog bakery has freezers full of RMDs. I've found every other RMD at our grocery store, but I doubt they have lamb femurs.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:14 AM
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I feel you, I'm scared to death to put Chloe under but I've finally saved up enough money to have her teeth done (she's needed them done for a while, and is in bad shape. She needs some pulled and the rest need major cleaning- they were in bad shape when we got her and with brushing, and dental sprays it just isn't enough.) and she's probably around 10-12lbs.

Sending vibes that some of the suggestions will work for you or if she needs a dental that she does well!
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:19 AM
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Not sure about Nature's Variety, but I think Primal only has whole lamb femurs. And those would be way too large for her. You might try a local butcher?

This is what ours look like, just to give you an idea of what I'm talking about:


ETA: Not nearly as large as they look.... lol
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:21 AM
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You can find the lamb bones at a butcher usually - and they often don't charge for them.

I would probably do the dental, if her teeth are bad enough. I'd rather do it at her young, healthy age, then need to do it when she's older (or deal with worse dental problems later on). I'd be worried too though I'm sorry you're having trouble with her teeth.
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I've had dentals on Chulita 2 or 3 times during her life...maybe 4. (can't remember for sure) And it's always a little worrisome. She's 5 lbs, a little bigger than Emma. It's nerve wracking but there's nothing that can really get at the tarter up between the teeth and gums like a dental when they keep still...under a general anesthesia. And that tarter, when it builds up badly has the potential to kill them too. I've only just stopped dentals for Chulita because of her age and the fact that she has a stage 4 heart murmur. Jose` will likely have one or two more, even though he's 10. He's in good shape so far. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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