Saba has very healthy teeth and I hope we can keep them that way. He really doesn't like when I brush his teeth, but it's go to be done. I usually don't have problems brushing his teeth and massaging the gums on the outside, but I wonder if any of you know tricks how to brush their teeth from the inside of the mouth? Saba clenches his jaws and won't open and quite frankly, I don't want to pry them open and stick my finger in there. How do you do it? I`d be interested in any tips. TIA.
I was reading an article in 'Your Dog' this month and the vet writing the article said he didn't think it was necessary. But he is just one voice, I suppose.
I give mine frozen raw marrow bones. They both have nice teeth.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. -- Gandhi
Hershey Kisses has dental issues since her adult teeth came in. I brush her teeth 3-5 times a week. Our dental vet told me that it is much more important to get the outside surfaces and outside between teeth, than the inside. The dogs are pretty good at keeping the inside cleen with their tongue and any hard foods they eat.
Hershey turns 4 next month and her annual dental checkups have been going well.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
Skippy had wonderful white teeth until he died at the age of 10, with only a very occasional brushing. Emilu has always had a lot of tarter and brown stain on her teeth. I had them cleaned at the vets once, and also only brush them occasionally, although they seem to be staying cleaner since they were cleaned at the vets a few years ago. I think that I will clean Baxters teeth more regularly, especially if I show him in conformation.
Never brushed a dog's tooth in all the years I have had dogs. Bones (rawhide, marrow, nyla, antlers) all seem to work at naturally keeping a dog's teeth clean.
Agnes! I was thinking about you yesterday; Costco has huge ortho beds on for like $24 right now! Perfect for post-op recovery...
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