Do you brush your dog's teeth, and if so, how often?
Yes, once per week.
Esp. Peanut. Little dogs are notorious for teeth/mouth/gum problems. :-\
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
Nope, never. Regular raw bones take care of that.
My Hershey Kisses has dental problems, probably genetic or a fever stress before I got her or while still in the bitch. That is the best guess the Veterinary Dental Specialist can guess. That aside, I had been brushing her teeth twice a week. After a $1500 surgical bill, and the vets advice, it will be daily as soon as her mouth heals from the surgery. Its not hard to do, she actually loves it.
I won't go into detail on what I have been told about what not to give her, even those things generally regarded as good for their teeth. Just a couple of the top hitters.
Raw Marrow Bones: Dogs love them, actually are good for cleaning help, but they break teeth.
Bully sticks: Repeat the above
Nylabones, Rigid or hard ones, repeat the above. Flexible ones do not have the breakage issue.
On the positive side: Rawhide. Great for the teeth, IF you are willing to take the blockage risk.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
I brush my girls teeth once a week & they also get marrow bones once or twice a week for about a 15 minute chew session.
I never brushed Huckle's teeth but I did use a scaler to remove tarter. I didn't have to do it very often...it was only the very back molars that got bad. Huckle was so good about it. Marrow bones did just as good of a job as my hand scaling and I know Huckle liked that approach better.
Guthrie gets no dental brushing...I am too busy trimming his ridiculously fast growing nails.
Ditto here!Originally Posted by Trickster
Jack doesn't seem to have a big problem with his teeth but I do notice that his back molars are the "dirtiest"? We try to brush weekly but he's not a big fan at all.
p.s. - his nails are fast-growers too - can't keep up!!
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Nightly Although with exams this week I've been a little lax, he's already put himself to bed and has no interest when I finally join him (aka push him off my pillow).
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