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I have read conflicting information about feeding raw chicken bones to dogs to aid in reducing plaque. For a Maltese, some sites recommend wings or necks. Thoughts?
BTW, I have tried so hard to keep Zita's teeth clean. Every night I either brush her teeth or clean them with an anti-plaque wipe, followed by a Greenie (which I hold as she chews, to reduce choking risk. I would do the same thing with raw bones). Despite all I do, Zita has dark brown stains on the insides of her teeth. She has had those stains since she was a few months old, and I have brushed her teeth from day 1. She is 1 1/2 years old now.
This is why I was wondering about trying raw bones, or anything else you've had success with. Thanks!
 

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I really do not know about raw chicken to clean the teeth because my girls are highly allergic to chicken but I did want to add a dental list of whats been tested and proven to work by the Veterinary oral health council my girls dentist gave me.

Have you brought Zita for a dental exam yet? I just would wonder about the staining she has. My Ling Ling had a lot of brown staining from a puppy at just 6 months old and she had a resorption issue that needed to be addressed. My regular vet dissed it as if it was nothing to worry about but that wasn’t the case at all.
Anyway...all the products from that site I added a link for have been tested and proven to work If your interested.
 

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Greenies are really not good for them. Chicken bones are dangerous. My Luck had the whitest teeth and never had a dental problem. I gave him raw baby carrots to chew every day.
 

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From my knowledge chicken bones are hazardous to dogs especially if it’s a small dog such as Maltese and they can splinter very easy. have You tried taking her to the vet to get a professional deep clean. That’s what I plan to do with zen my Maltese when he’s around a year old, that’s also what I have done with my previous Maltese. You can also add dental water additives in her water to see if that helps.
 

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Thanks everyone. I am trying to avoid a yearly dental cleaning as I don't like the idea of anesthesia that often. I'd prefer to find a way to keep her teeth clean myself. Many websites (including Dr Becker's) do recommend raw bones (cooked ones splinter) to keep teeth clean, and to provide chondroitin and other nutrients. But maybe I'll just keep googling for other ways.
 

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Greenies are really not good for them. Chicken bones are dangerous. My Luck had the whitest teeth and never had a dental problem. I gave him raw baby carrots to chew every day.
Why do you think Greenies are bad? They are on the list of VOHC accepted products. I do like your idea of raw carrots, but I would hold onto them as I do the Greenies to make sure Zita didn't choke.
 

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Why do you think Greenies are bad? They are on the list of VOHC accepted products. I do like your idea of raw carrots, but I would hold onto them as I do the Greenies to make sure Zita didn't choke.
Greenies need to be thoroughly chewed in order to not pose a threat of blockage in the digestive system, and small dogs simply don't have the chewing power to do that kind of chewing. As for chicken bones, I do know an owner - former SM member in fact, who lost her Bonnie due to a chicken bone splintering and puncturing her esophagus. She died in spite of emergency surgery.

Bully sticks, himalayan chews, or kong toys (that brand, not a knock off), and west paw brand chews are safe. As for not wanting to do a dental cleaning, if your intent is to never do a dental on a small dog, then you're picked the wrong breed. Toy breed dogs are notorious for dental issues and no amount of chewing can prevent you from having to have them cleaned every couple of years at a minimum. Failing to address dental health can lead to other health issues, including heart problems. Please don't let your fear of anesthesia prevent you from keeping your pup healthy.
 

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Thanks everyone. I am trying to avoid a yearly dental cleaning as I don't like the idea of anesthesia that often. I'd prefer to find a way to keep her teeth clean myself. Many websites (including Dr Becker's) do recommend raw bones (cooked ones splinter) to keep teeth clean, and to provide chondroitin and other nutrients. But maybe I'll just keep googling for other ways.
kayanne...I do have a friend (Carol who was mommy to McC) who fed raw for awhile give her dog raw chicken necks while she held the necks as McC ate away at them. It is supposed to be very good for them. I’m not sure I would risk it after some of the comments here, plus the fact, I have yet to hear that it has actually helped with keeping the teeth cleaned.
That said, I don’t think any of us want to put our dogs under anesthesia but the damage dental disease can cause, imo out weigh the risk, especially where your already seeing brown staining on your dogs teeth. I would at least get an opinion or an exam from a dental specialist every year or two to be safe and continue to brush with a good toothbrush virbac, CET make some very tiny heads that can really reach the back of the mouth, as well as the CET toothpaste.
 

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Maddysmom, I looked at the link you provided. Thank you very much.
Lena has bad teeth even though I brush her teeth every night :( and she has a cleaning once a year... (and even if I am scared of anesthesia, we cannot skip it).
We also use 2 products recommended by the vet :
oraVet (but don't be surprised if your dog poops green. Sorry for the details...)
and Virbac. (make sure to buy the small ones. Lena 's mouth and teeth are too small for the other sizes).
 

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Maddysmom, I looked at the link you provided. Thank you very much.
Lena has bad teeth even though I brush her teeth every night :( and she has a cleaning once a year... (and even if I am scared of anesthesia, we cannot skip it).
We also use 2 products recommended by the vet :
oraVet (but don't be surprised if your dog poops green. Sorry for the details...)
and Virbac. (make sure to buy the small ones. Lena 's mouth and teeth are too small for the other sizes).
Unfortunately , genetics play a huge role in our furbabies teeth. My Suki lost all but 4-5 teeth at the age of 3, even though I brushed them daily. Ling Ling lost half her teeth at 2 and had a really bad resorption issues. Lacie was 6 at the time of her first dental, only because she has been way too sick to be put under all these years has genetically good teeth 🙏🏻
Other than cleaning daily, it’s so important to look in their mouths. i also found 3 tumors on Suki’s gums, less than a year after her dental. So, imo, you can’t go wrong with brushing at least 4-5 x a week. Had I not been brushing, I wld not have found Suki’s tumors.
Btw...your fluff is beautiful ❤
 

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Thank you Maddysmom.
I feel very blessed to have Lena :giggle: . She is a very sweet dog.
Lucky for me, she likes to be pampered. She loves baths and she lets me brush her teeth.
Haha but don't worry, she is not perfect. I cannot have rugs or carpet at home, she thinks they are her pee pads. I got rid of all of them.
Your girls are beautiful too :love:
I laughed a lot when I saw the picture of your girls under the rain.😇 They are so cute.
I am very sorry for Suki 😢 It must have been hard on you and her as well.
 
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