Brush away the tartar
QWhat do you think of all the chews and stuff that are available to keep dogs’ teeth clean?
Neil says: I used to believe that something was better than nothing but I am now reliably informed that this is not always the case. Many products claim to “reduce tartar” (the horrible hard stuff that occurs when plaque is mineralised). This does not necessarily mean, however, that the important tartar, which is located immediately adjacent to the gum, is affected. Even worse, an eminent veterinary dentist and acquaintance of mine tells me that the recent popularity of Antler chews has resulted in a terrible spate of molar fractures, the like of which has never been seen before. The fact of the matter is, they are just too hard and dogs’ teeth are not designed to cope.
Once again proving that “natural” is not always best. As ever, the gold standard is regular brushing but if this is not possible, and you are desperate to help, you might just have to suck it and see!