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Hills TD Alternative

CHATeau_CHIEN
February 22nd, 2010, 11:27 AM
Hello,

I would like to know if there is an alternative to Hills TD (Their tartar control formula). As a pet store owner it is frustrating to have my clients Vets, switch them to TD as a solution for tartar control.

A quick glance a the ingredient listing - http://www.hillspet.com/products/prescription-diet/pd-canine-td-canine-dry.html

Although many clients of mine claim it is working for them, I would like to find a tartar control food that has a better ingredient profile if one exists.

Does anyone else use this diet? I'd love to have some feedback on your experience with the food.

Thanks

sugarcatmom
February 22nd, 2010, 12:01 PM
I would like to find a tartar control food that has a better ingredient profile if one exists.


Raw meaty bones. Mother nature's tartar control food.

For cats, chicken necks or gizzards.

CHATeau_CHIEN
February 22nd, 2010, 12:07 PM
Thanks,

I always recommend raw bones and necks for teeth cleaning. The problem is Vets switching people to TD. I'm, trying to find an alternative to TD for people who may not be open to feeding raw bones and necks. I inform people as best I can, but if they switch on there vets advice, I can only inform so much. If there was a kibble that actually worked for cleaning the teeth, I would love to know what it is (I am very skeptical about TD cleaning a dogs teeth in the first place). Does anyone use TD with good/bad results?

Chaser
February 22nd, 2010, 05:31 PM
It's nice to hear you are trying to steer your patrons in a better direction :)

I would honestly just be straight with them: NO kibble can clean a dogs teeth!!!! If we only ate crunchy foods for a week would our teeth be clean? Umm...no. it doesn't even work. Logically, it simply can't.

I'd suggest to them to try one of the good brands (Orijen, Innova, Wellness, etc.) and point them towards the toothbrushes!

And for those not willing to make the jump to raw meaty bones, I have found that carrots and broccoli (esp. the stems) provide a semi-decent cleaning.

Frenchy
February 22nd, 2010, 05:44 PM
I'd suggest to them to try one of the good brands (Orijen, Innova, Wellness, etc.) and point them towards the toothbrushes!



I was thinking same as Chaser :thumbs up

14+kitties
February 22nd, 2010, 06:16 PM
Also, if you watch the way a dog/cat eats the kibble very very seldom ever reaches the top of the tooth where tarter starts. For dogs a lot of the time they gooble it down so fast they don't even chew! :eek: When they do, and this goes for cats too, when they bite into the kibble it shatters. So how can it get to the top of the tooth to fight tarter?
Ask the customers to explain how exactly kibble helps to clean teeth? I wonder how many can come up with an explanation. :shrug: