Well we popped into the vets on the way home the other day to throw the big guy on thier scales and was given the new monthly newsletter.........now i've had some really good experiences with this vet clinic but my last consult with a diffrent vet left a bad taste in my mouth as the head vet (owner) went on to tell me...."Dogs dont get bloat, only cattle do" and the classic "Mojo has a deformed jaw because of his underbite"....tosser....wont be using him anymore, so i'm now requesting the excellent vet who works there that did all the work on my last dog (it's a big vet clinic/hospital with 4 or 5 vets). Live and learn i guess.....
Anyway i got to reading the news letter and the dental section contained this little gem......
But i am still seeing lots of dogs with broken teeth from eating bones. PLEASE be very careful when feeding bones to your dog. The sad fact is that bones DO NOT clean your dogs teeth unless you have lots of meat on the bone. It is the meat that helps the teeth stay healthy. The bone itself only holds the meat together to stop the animal from just swallowing the meat.
Bones break teeth- the amount of dogs we see with fractures of the teeth or with worn teeth is staggering.
Every owner tells me that they feed the dog a bone regularly to "clean it's teeth"- this is WRONG, WRONG AND WRONG. I do not care what you read in the paper or hear on the T.V - the Australian Veterinary Dental Association does NOT recommend bones for cats or dogs.
There are very good dental foods, toysd and chews that will help your animal. The best thing you can do is to CLEAN your animals teeth with a toothbrush.
So according to this i'm doing my dog's teeth damage. I dont leave old bones lying around for too long and Mojo knows he gets a new one every 2nd day or so anyway so it's not like he's trying to eat the actuall bone itself. It just sounds to me like he's trying to sell more of thier dental chews they have....bloody expensive ones too.
Now i am avoiding this bloke with my own dog.....so i'm not concerned about that but i'd like to know what everyones thoughts on this are......i was under the impression that most of us on the forum reguarly feed thier dogs bones to keep thier dogs stimulated and also for healthy teeth. I use mainly Brisket and Marrow bones because thats all my local supermarkets and butchers will sell.