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Old 27-04-2013, 06:24 AM
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Bone and tripe together?

I've recently become quite concerned at the amount of plaque McKenzie has on her teeth, especially as she's only 2.

Today I popped into the 'raw shop' and talked to them about what I could give her a few times a week to help her teeth. The lady suggested a few different types of bones, and I bought some lamb brisket.

The lady said that you should always give bones with tripe for digestion. This is the first time I've heard of this 'rule' - does anyone follow it? Kenzie's meals are so small on raw that trying to feed both tripe and bone in a meal means she'll only get a tiny bit of each.

Also, how long until I start seeing some results with her teeth if I feed bone twice a week?

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Re: Bone and tripe together?

I feed tripe alot.

Sometimes stuff it in a chicken carcass

Sometimes on its own.

Tripe does make then looser, I try to feed a bone of some sort in the day they have tripe or either side that day.

All it is, is a no bone meal wil produce and wetish stool.
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Old 27-04-2013, 08:07 AM
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Re: Bone and tripe together?

I don't feed tripe with bone, she does get tripe regularly but that's because she loves it!
My dog can't tolerate much bone (she gets dreadfully constipated if she has the 10% recommended) so she has about 2-3 boney meals a week (chicken thighs and wings mainly). I started raw feeding in january, not sure when her teeth imporved but I noticed a few weeks ago that they are now stunning and white, completely different from how they were (greyhounds have notoriously poor teeth). So roughly a few months in my experience
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Re: Bone and tripe together?

I would imagine it is because bone 'firms' things up, and tripe can 'loosen' - so feeding both together should, in effect, create a happy medium! However, she's not going to be eating huge amounts of bone, and as long as they're fairly meaty (these are the best kind for dental health anyway, a bare bone will do little) then I wouldn't worry at all, and just feed the bone on it's own

Would it be possible to swap one meal a day for a raw chicken wing, at least until her teeth are cleaned up? A twice weekly bone would probably suffice for maintenance of clean teeth, but it might take a while to see effects on teeth that already have tartar.
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Old 27-04-2013, 08:16 AM
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Re: Bone and tripe together?

Ah I see, that makes sense. Kenzie's peculiar in that she doesn't particularly like tripe - she'll eat it but she doesn't guts it down like she does with other raw stuff. But I know it's good for them.

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Would it be possible to swap one meal a day for a raw chicken wing, at least until her teeth are cleaned up? A twice weekly bone would probably suffice for maintenance of clean teeth, but it might take a while to see effects on teeth that already have tartar.
Oh right, that should be ok I think. Do you know how much chicken wings generally weigh? I might feed them frozen as she has a tendency to gulp.
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Oh right, that should be ok I think. Do you know how much chicken wings generally weigh? I might feed them frozen as she has a tendency to gulp.
About 50g
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Re: Bone and tripe together?

In terms of improvement I do think some dogs are just more prone to plaque build up. Rupert has plaque on the tops of his canines, his right is worse than his left. Been this way for about 2 years? Asked the vets when he was sedated in Sept if they could try get it off but they couldn't and said its really quite minor. He is 4.5 years old now and has been raw fed almost 2 years. He gets a pig trotter a week and then chicken carcasses probably three or four days a week too, so bone on I'd say 5 out of 7 days. Plaque Off is meant to be great too I consider trying that again at times.

Here are Rupert's nashers, his back teeth are all immaculate, think its harder to 'clean' the front teeth with bone if that makes sense. Funny how his right canine is so much worse than his left! Might mention it next time we're at the vets, not sure what else I could do though!



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Re: Bone and tripe together?

Thanks GS. Kenzie's canines are a bit worse than that - I can't get a decent photo. My old vet commented once on how they were quite bad for a dog her age. All her other teeth are ok though, it's just the canines.
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Thanks GS. Kenzie's canines are a bit worse than that - I can't get a decent photo. My old vet commented once on how they were quite bad for a dog her age. All her other teeth are ok though, it's just the canines.
Tough isn't it, bones and chew toys are the only things that I can think would really help. You could try Plaque Off too I guess, I might use it again I've got some in the cupboard!

Rupert gets like I said bone a few times a week and stagbars and he has a favourite hard plastic ring that he chews on. Not that his teeth are perfect still! I know Vicki (Babycham) gets some chinese cresteds in with AWFUL teeth, as a breed they are quite predisposed to having bad teethies. I know she works hard with hers especially the powderpuffs, Rocky gets Plaque Off daily I think and has done for a long time.

Are Westies prone to having not great teeth? Hopefully a bit more bone will stop them getting very much worse
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