Brush away the tar­tar

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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!

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