The FDA pulled no punches with this consumer advice notice. They advise completely against the use of bones in a dog's diet and list ten reasons why. These range from broken teeth , oral injuries and foriegn body imapctions all the way thought the alimentary tract from oesophagus to rectum. Print off this notec and place it in your waiting room..

If there is any doubt in anybody's mind that this advice is not true science you can also quite this paper (Oral & Dental Conditions in Adult African Wild Dog Skulls: Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, Vol 16 No. 2 June 1999 pp 65 -68). This is an elegant study by Steenkamp and Gorrel concluding:

"the spectrum of oral disease seen in wild canids and felids is very similar to domestic carnivores including periodontal disease, traumatic tooth injuries with pulpal exposure, and endodontic complications. Predators with a higher bone content in their diet have a higher prevalence of tooth fractures. These findings suggest that the natural diet of the wild carnivore does not protect the animal from oral and dental disease".

This paper is a useful counterweight to the entrenched opinins of the RMB lobby

 

News headline pinpoints needs for "paradigm shift" in the way vets approach dentistry. Link here - VET TIMES

We made the TV and newspapers on 16th February following surgery performed on a Polar Bear. Link to BBC site here.

We uploaded a number of video clips onto our You Tube Channel

The video files are professioally made and designed to assist owners and practice personnel with various tasks such as toothbrushing in dogs, the awake oral examination, the danger of giving hard toys to "clean teeth" and sharpening instruments. We intend to upload more in due course. A selection of videos is shown below.