Dental Health

Keeping your dog's teeth healthy is your responsibility as your Siberian will not join you in the bathroom with a toothbrush after his meals. Whilst a largely dry dog food diet will do much for keeping gums and teeth clean, all dogs will experience a build up of tartar and you should keep a regular check on your dog's teeth.

Allowing your dog to chew on suitable bones does help prevent a build up on tartar on the teeth. Tartar is more than just unpleasant to look at; tartar renders teeth vulnerable to decay by providing a haven for bacteria that leads to other infections, loss of teeth and bad breath. Chewing bones is also an enjoyable act for your dog, and some would suggest it provides an outlet for doggy tensions. However, you must be very careful because COOKED AND SMALL BONES ARE DIGESTIBLE AND CAN KILL YOUR PET: ONLY FEED LARGE RAW BONES TO YOUR DOG. Cooked bones are brittle and will splinter, perforating the inside of your dog's stomach, intestine or bowels; and small bones can become lodged within your dog's digestive system causing enormous problems.

The use of common sense when feeding bones to your dog is the safest method, and if in doubt about the suitability of a type of bone then do not take the risk. Chop bones, pork and poultry bones should be avoided, and some veterinarians have also had to remove lamb necks caught in the throat or oesophagus of dogs so these should be avoided too. Large raw marrow bones are a suitable bone to give your dog.

n regards to bones misplacing teeth by continual chewing, this could quite likely be a danger early in life because the teeth and roots are soft and could quite easily be moved. Bones will not affect jaw growth, as tartar build up is minimal and rawhide chews or dry food is just as good in young dogs.

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