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Ali is missing all her front teeth top and bottom in between her "fangs" and she has no big morals anymore. She usually licks up her kibble but I am noticing she has been having difficulty with that or just its getting hard for her. I moisten her kibble and mix in some canned is usually how I prepare her meals. Since I noticed she is not liking this, I put her kibble in the blender to chop it up. She does like this but sometimes she doesn't eat all of it. Looking for some ideas, I don't really want to feed her total canned food as her diet. She had a dental done 3 weeks ago and she has a clean bill of health so its not anything related her systems.

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Orion gets like this sometimes (he lost most of his teeth in a dental a few years ago).

What I was told to do is boil water in your kettle (even bringing it to a "half boil" works). Pour a good amount on the food and let it sit. The food will sop up much of the liquid and become nice and mushy. When it has cooled off enough (you can prepare it ahead of time), pour off some of the excess, and give it to her. They seem to appreciate if it's still a wee bit warm, too.

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Dogs don't even use those teeth for eating kibble. I'm sure they do for catching and tearing meat, but...

 

If she recently had a dental, I'd be concerned that they accidentally caused a gum infection when they were poking about.

 

Take a good look in her mouth and consider a vet visit.

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Dogs don't even use those teeth for eating kibble. I'm sure they do for catching and tearing meat, but...

 

If she recently had a dental, I'd be concerned that they accidentally caused a gum infection when they were poking about.

 

Take a good look in her mouth and consider a vet visit.

 

She has been looked over by the vet, no infection or other issues. She might not use teeth to crunch the kibble, but ever since she has them no more, she hasn't been eating as good. I will try the kettle trick.

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Maybe you could try the Natural Balance rolled food, it is not mushy soft but it is not hard like kibble. My senior guy is really fussy and I cut that up in small pieces and mix it with his kibble and a little boiled chicken and warm water, he loves it.

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Buddy only had 2 teeth left. I would use hot tap water, just enough to barely cover his food.

I have a gas stove, so with the pilot light on the over stays @ 70 degrees. I would put the food bowl in the over to sort of cook it for @ 1/2 hour. He was always dancing around at meal time, so I guess he liked it. He ate every meal.

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