2-years-and-9-months-old 6 lb intact male long-haired chihuahua... Fed wet food in the morning and raw complete in the evening.
He came to me at 16 months old. A few weeks later, a vet opened his mouth and exclaimed, "What is it with chihuahuas and teeth?!" That phrase has never left me...
He was unsocialised, unhousebroken and extremely fearful, and it was several months later after working on these things with him that I could start to turn my attention towards his teeth. He flat out doesn't cooperate with toothbrush/toothpaste, but every day now I make tiny inroads into desensitising him with this method, plus with wiping them with a damp cloth. But his jaw is so tiny with all of those impossible-to-reach teeth back there, and he clamps it shut. His teeth are now somewhat improved with all my efforts, but he still has some tartar build-up.
I tried Tropiclean gel (didn't work), and I have been using Plaque Off for months (hasn't worked).
I gave him a raw chicken wing (skin on) at 9.20 am today, and he was gnawing away very happily for an hour. He was left with a two-inch piece when he let me know he was done with it. I placed the chicken wing initially on a clean pot towel and he did keep it on there. He thoroughly enjoyed the chicken wing. He growled when I got within seven feet of him, to let me know I wasn't to take it off him! I managed to build a cage around him (his 4' x 6' pen) to stop him from wandering around with it and dragging it onto the carpeted area.
When done, I put him in the sink in an inch of warm water and cleaned his snout, ruff and feet with a pet wipe and water.
I am thinking of giving him a chicken wing once a week to help with the tartar, and at £2.50 for 12 wings, this is an economical dental method. I will still be keeping up with my other efforts at cleaning his teeth every day.
If anyone has any concerns about the weekly chicken wing, or any advice, please let me know.
I gave him the chicken wing in place of his breakfast but I'm not sure if it is enough as a meal, which is usually 50 g of wet food.