*This was originally supposed to be a 2-Part post, and that didn't happen. But, I did learn a few things I'd like to pass along. I read, and found out on my own, that it's actually not a good idea to allow your dog to chew for an hour every day. Not only did their mouths get sore with sore and bleeding gums, they also had some stool issues. I found it best to give bones 2 or 3 times a week for 30-minutes to 1-hour max. I usually only give for an hour once a week. I did see a noticeable difference, but not sure if the camera would capture that. Along with the Raw Beef Marrow Bones, I've picked up some Raw Lamb Femur bones. October 06, 2015.
Today, I decided to try an experiment of sorts with Finnegan and Willow. I imagine I'm like a lot of other pet parents that get a little more worried in February, known to us as Pet Dental Health Awareness Month. I'll be the first to admit that they don't chew things nearly as much as they should, but on the other hand, neither of them have ever chewed and destroyed anything... other than a sock or two... and a few dog beds... and my first pair of slippers. Not too bad!
My goal is to allow them to chew for at least 1-hour every day, Monday — Friday, and maybe a little on the weekends, too. I'll give some days off if they seem sore or tired, but I doubt this will happen. I'll probably start out around 1-hour a day and then increase.
The chew of choice? Primal Pet Foods Raw Beef Marrow Bones, beef raised without antibiotics or added hormones. They've both chewed on their bones twice, once today for an hour and once prior. The marrrow and meat are completely gone from Willow's bone and just a tiny bit left on Finnegan's. I've tried deer and elk antlers in the past, but they were pretty messy and also caused loose stools, so I think I've found a better alternative with these bones.
You can really see the damage done to their 4 and 3.5-year old teeth. Hopefully nothing too far gone and I'm hopeful to see some improvements over the next month on their Premolars and Molars. I'm not so sure Finnegan's Canine teeth will get much cleaner though since they have so much build up at the gum line. I'm also worried about their gums, especially Finnegan's. They're really red and Finnegan's also have a lot of darker discolored spots. I think this is natural, but I'm a hyper-hypo.
I'll leave comments open for this topic and report back at the end of March! I approve comments before they're posted, so don't be alarmed if you don't see immediately. I hope this will bring awareness to pet dental health and maybe even encourage some to try dog dental improvements of their own.
Learn more about Finnegan + Willow HERE.
Pictures: Finnegan (1 + 2), Primal Raw Bones (3), and Willow (4).