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NOTE: The "Sporn Halter" I'm always talking about....(Link)

NOTE: Do not give PORK bones. Please.

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Rec Scrapey:

Recommending Scrapey dental exercise and it's important! 

Needs SCRAPEY dental exercise.

There's lots of dental chews - dental exercise but if it's NOT "scrapey" then you won't see 'tartar' being removed. So the gumline gets 'pushed up' by the expanding mineralization.

A beef bone, raw, frozen, or professionally prepared, may be well-accepted and will save you TONS of money on a professional dental cleaning, on heart disease, on infections from mouth to lungs, and discomfort later when they're too old to safely get a dental scaling. Teach 'em young. My favorite is "knucklebones" because they're so BIG the dogs have to use ALL their teeth to 'get at it' and get the 'good stuff' out of it. Those are pre-cooked (baked) and available on Amazon.

Additionally, there are soup, and ring bones at the meat-department at some local grocery-stores - just push out the excess fat, and make sure if it's a "ring bone" it can't go AROUND the lower jaw accidentally, it should be too BIG or too SMALL.

There is a 1% chance (one dog in a hundred eating bones) that a tooth could crack or break. If the dog is EATING the bone (monster-jaws-like-Pits) then they don't get to have bones. Ugh. Doc Johnson

PS: NO, ABSOLUTELY not "all bones are the same" -> If the bone has a POINTY THING on it like a pork chop or Tee-bone, or if it's a pig-bone, the dog will eat it and it will get stuck.

Knucklebones Are Great

Bones Explainer

The best dental exercise.
Single Knucklebones are good when you don't know if the dog is gonna want to chew one. I buy several knucklebones at a time and it's a little cheaper most of the time.
Something else I found for my dog "Ajax" that's cool:

Sporn Dog Halter STOPS "pulling and tugging" NOW. (Link)

This is what I use now, with my dog Ajax. I used to use the Gentle Leader, but I didn't like including his face in the thing. Now, this just goes around his chest and he DOES NOT PULL ANY MORE. It's great! Amazon.com has it.

You can buy a fat bundle of 'wet wipes' with Cetaphil and I'd recommend it. They're great for cleaning healing wounds, dirty ears, cleansing around some eyes, under-tails, surgery sites, sores.

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