My three-and-a-half-year-old Cavalier is starting to show signs of dental plaque and I would like to deal with this before it becomes a health problem.
I brush his teeth twice daily with two different brands of doggie toothpaste. I add a product that removes plaque to his dry kibble on the off chance it might help, as it is cheap and easy to administer. He has always been fed dry food, but swallows most of the biscuits whole so they do not actually have an abrasive affect on his teeth. He gets given daily a large square of a fishy treat and has chew toys available at all times.
After many months, what I am doing does not seem to be making any difference and his breath is starting to get a little unpleasant.
Does anyone have any advice?
Options I have considered are:
-feeding raw bones. Would this benefit his teeth at all if given raw twice per week? Does a raw diet remove existing plaque or just prevent new plaque from forming?
-changing to a larger kibble, this would mean changing to large dog variety and I'm still not sure he would crunch them.
-adding a supplement to his water (which claims to break down plaque and tartar). I am dubious.
-Stagbars, would they help remove existing plaque or just prevent more forming?
-supplementing his diet with co-enzyme Q10
Any feedback very much appreciated! I really don't want him going through the trauma of a dental clean in a couple of years time if there's anything more I can do now.
Claire, by email