Am is after he has his Kong which is filled with training treats and a small teaspoon of peanut butter. This is also after his dry food breakfast and his morning outing.
PM is after he has his small portion of canned food.
I also give Chance and Charlie apple or carrot slices once a day. Usually at midday And Charlie gets 2 med or 1/2 a large milk bone after both the fruit.
The vet was impressed with how clean Charlie teeth were and how fresh his breath at his age of 5 last year.
He broke 2 teeth a when 2 years old when he ran into something. He was so assertive and even now he runs into tree trunks, the boat and even the retaining wall.
The result of his broken teeth was a gap to the right of his left fang. The one tooth that was broken pretty much off has been covered by his gum thus the space. While the half a tooth that shows and is next to his left upper fang.
His teeth are white and clean and his smile positively evil. LOL The vet checked his teeth out at his first visit and even during last year's appointment. She was suitable impressed.
People use to give their dogs real bones and I'm sure many people still do. But I had a bad experience with a dog and a bone and swore off them decades ago. A sliver was stuck in the gum. Luckily it was removed but no real bones after that.
I give Charlie small to medium milk bones throughout the day as rewards.. alternating with his training tiny treats. Both work like magic.
I have recently begun to order Milk Bones in 10# boxes. I prefer the medium sized which I break in half. As long as Charlie gets to pieces he is happy. But recently only the large Milk Bones are available. So I break the bones up into pieces so he doesn't gain weight.
So far so good.
I believe that dogs and cats do not eat like people. They eat when they find something to eat. Therefore I may give Charlie three meals but they are small and I have not problem giving both cats and Charlie bits of treats off and on during the day.
I started that while living at Edwards AFB with Tasha. And continued it after that. Especially at BOR with Blue and Julip who worked with Babe, Fritz and Rosie and her calves.
The vets always said that maintaining their teeth helped them all live to be 17... in good health until the various illness and chronic problem took them.
I hope Charlie will be with me, and I with him for a long time yet.
Blue herded and they all chased off the coyotes.
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