Originally Posted by faith's_mom
Raw bones...seriously...they are fantastic for teeth cleaning and dog's love them...so while they think they are getting a superb treat, you know that they are really 'brushing' their teeth...
Make sure to give ones with not as much meat on them at first though, so your dog gets used to them. I give them once or twice a week if I can; otherwise they get their teeth brushed...Lol!
Do Not give chicken bones! They splinter! My neighbor gives my lab and his lab mix (14 years and 16 years respectively) soup bones every day - they have marrow in the middle that the dogs get out and eat and they chomp on the bones
I started brushing my lab's teeth from day 1 so she's good about it - I just use a human toothbrush and some diluted orange listerine (she never liked paste)... are you using human paste or pet paste? If you haven't tried the pet paste, it's worth a shot cuz it's beef flavored... also you might do well with a finger cap tooth brush (if you haven't tried) - they're in the petstores and catalogs... the cat on the other hand, no matter what I try he won't let me get in there (I rescued him from the streets though and he was almost 3 years old)... I even tried to do it when he was under the influence of his travel sedation meds and he still fought me tooth and nail