I bought Riley a puppy dental kit at Petsmart when I first got him. I just opened it today. It's pretty cute I think.. it has mouthwash and toothpaste and a toothbrush. I tried brushing his teeth, he didn't seem to mind but he 'licked his chops' for about 30 mins after I did it lol. Does anyone else brush their dogs teeth? If so, how often?
I remember my vet wanted me to brush my oldest cats teeth. Something in her genetics must cause bad teeth.. long before we got her they were in bad shape, she is 11 now and down to 1 tooth. we tried brushing them once, HA, she almost clawed us to death. Thank God Riley's not like that lol.
I brush every one of my 25 dogs teeth at least once a week - some twice a week if they tend to accumulate more tarter than I like to see.
Dental care is something that not everyone is aware of as it has just started to become something associated with responsible pet ownership. The thing is that while tarter is partially geneticly linked, the quality of food you feed matters, the amount of mechanical chewing the dog gets into it's day (how many chew bones, chew toys, ect...) and the kind of water they drink can even be a factor. (we have well water that doesn't have flouride in it, so brushing is a bigger deal for us people as well as the dogs).
Tarter build up can dramatically shorten your dogs life. Just like with people, if the tarter causes an infection in the mouth the bacteria can get into the blood stream and cause heart problems. Usually, this only becomes a big problem with older dogs BUT with tarter, once it builds up you have an up hill battle on your hands. Also, the more frequently you brush, the more accustom to brushing the dog becomes and the easier it is to do. Mine just sit there and let me brush away like it's no big deal.
Why do I know so much about dental care.... Because I lost a dog years back to heart problems linked to a massive infection in his gums from tarter build up.
If you aren't super keen on the idea of brushing weekly (or multiple times a week) most toothpaste makers also make a dental chew that has the same tarter fighting enzymes as are in the toothpaste and they really work well. I use mostly CET dental products and they have great toothpaste, a great rinse (which I only use on a couple of dogs), and wonderful chews that my dogs just love (more than greenies actually!). You can substitute a chew for a brushing - but I would recommend brushing at least every other week. Keep in mind that the more often you brush, the less time you have to brush for. I personally would rather brush weekly for 2-3 minutes than to have to brush for 5-6 minutes because of tarter build up.
My vet says you are supposed to brush dogs teeth EVERYDAY!!! To be honest though I do not! I do it 1 or 2 times a week. I also give them lots of good dental chews to chew on and there is also a paste you can buy that they can eat that coats their teeth between brushings to help them not get tartar. I also give them dental stuff in their water. Even though my vet says there is no guarantee it works it makes me feel better (the stuff for their water) My biggest fear is bad teeth for my dogs so I go a little overboard buying everything possible.
I also had a cat that I almost lost due to bad teeth and it caused such a infection it was very sad. It happened so fast! One week the cat was fine next week almost dead! It cost 800 dollars with tests and all, but luckily I saved him!
I guess that is why I go overboard. I see people that just breed dogs and don't care and the dogs teeth are all falling out. I don't think that is right.
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abbylynne, why 25 dogs? are you a breeder, and if not don't your neighbors mind? I love dogs but the most I have ever had at a time is 2. I had hard enough time with vet bills for two dogs and they weren't even sickly dogs. I don't see anything wrong with that number as long as they are getting the proper care and attention and it sounds like they are if you are taking the time to brush their teeth and hopefully brushing their coats too, I am just amazed someone has that much time to spare! I am devoted to my pets but I know I couldn't care properly for that many at one time. How much time a day do you spend on your pets? It must be never ending with feeding, cleaning up after them, brushing and more brushing! You must be exhausted at the end of the day.I applaud you for being able to do this day in and day out.
It was just 'dental hygene month' at the vet clinic. Of the people that come to the clinic, very few actually clean their dogs teeth at home. We tell people to brush every day and while that would be ideal we realistically expect (and hope for) people to do it at least once a week.
I actually have an electric toothbrush (one of those cheap ones from the drugstore) and I use it on Dalia- I admit, I do not do it often enough and she hates it but I do it sometimes and once she got used to the feeling of the spinny thing, it gets more done faster- therefore doing a better job.
As for Mazel, I have not been doing her teeth, I can not find a toothbrush tiny enough to fit on her teeth without hitting and hurting her gums. Any idea in that field. I have tried the little ones made for dogs and baby toothbrushes. I think the issue is more with controll. Because her mouth is soo tiny when i go to brush, I hit her in the gum- any tips on avoiding this?
I also give greenies and dentabones that are supposed to help with tartar buildup. raw spongey vegetables (like pumpkin or squash) are supposed to be good for teeth too. Because they are spongey when the dog bites into it the tooth goes in but it doesnt crack open so it rubs the whole tooth and help scrub 'em.
All of my dogs get their teeth brushed-small dogs have a higher risk of periodontal disease before they are 4 years old. I do it at least 2 times a week, though I try to do it every day. They love it, but our german shepherd does nbot like it at all!
Nope I have 25 dogs. :) I am a breeder but only about 3/4 of the dogs are intact (we have several that we rescued, including a deaf shelties and we have an aging springer spaniel that was meant to be a hunting companion but she is gun shy, and thunder shy, and door banging shy... :) . We have 3 households (Mine, my parents, my sister's) and every single one of the dogs sleeps and lives indoors. We have huge outdoor yards where they play during the day (when the weather is nice) ranging from 25 ft by 30 ft as the smallest (one of the sheltie yards) to a 450 sq foot yard for our Aussies and Aussie/Malamute mix (he's a rescue). One of my puppy families said it's the doggy country club here. :)
Because we work from home we are here 24/7 literally, which is where we get our time from. And the dogs literally get every free second of my free time, my Mom's free time, and my sister's free time. I don't have much of a social life - which is okay because when I rarely do go out I call home to check on the dogs about 12 times:).
We do a full grooming session weekly with each dog (teeth, coat, nails, ears). Because we stay on top of it, it only takes about 15 minutes per dog. It also helps that each dog is used to being groomed, so they basically just stand there and let us do our thing - as long as they get a cookie afterwards. We bath everyone about every 2 months - depending on the dog. Some need it more often, obviously (the springer who likes to roll in smelly things.... :). Routine does a lot to make things easy.
Actually, not only is every dog well groomed, they also have their own toys, bones, favorite treats. They are all on heartworm preventative year round. They are fed a decent food (we are in the process of switching from Science Diet to Eagle Pack right now) and each have their own bowl and specific formula and amount that they get (depending on what they do best on).
The breeding doesn't pay MY bills, it pays theirs. Sometimes we like to disillusion ourselves into thinking we might one day be able to pay some of our expenses as well, but it will never happen, because as soon as we get close to "breaking even" we upgrade our dog food, or take someone in to get their teeth cleaned, or we X-ray someone's hips and get their eyes checked. :) It's a viscious cycle. Our dogs get treated like we would expect our puppy families to treat their pet. With shelties especially, they don't do well in a kennel enviroment as they are people dogs (same goes with Aussies). And of course, the make me happy. To even baffle you more - the deaf dog is fully sign language trained. :) Each dog is fully obedience trained. That's just the way we do it. ;)
That's one of the reasons I never give people slack when they say they don't have time to care for their dogs. If I can do it with 25 (I have help, but the theory stands) then someone else should be able to do it just for one!
Thanks for the reply, I was very, very exhausted just after reading it! I am with you, anyone who owns a pet has to take the time to care for it properly and take it regularly to the vets. My pets have alway been a big part of my life and they are treated just like I treat my kids, lots of love, hugs and kisses and treats for proper behavior! Sounds like you enjoy your pets to the fulliest too.
I brush Logans teeth about twice a week, but he also eats Greenies all the time, plus he is teething. So everyday there is bloody gums. I basically do it now just for the formality, for him to get used to me digging in his mouth with a toothbrush , so its not a shoc to him when he is older. But in all the books it says you should do it everyday....but who has time for that?
That kit sounds cool, never knew it existed, will check it out though.
I know Kane hasn't gotten his teeth brushed EVER. I actually suggested that the other day to my boyfriend because Kane had gotten a lil' piece of wood stuck between two teeth, and we had to pull it out, and I didn't want infection to set in- I thought it might be a good idea... but since he hasn't ever brushed, it might be really hard to get him used to it. So maybe its a good idea to brush while the dog's still little enough to get used to it- just incase there ever is a need- hes already desensitized.
puppiepwr- I'm not much of a cat person either, :-) I dont' think anyone can be after volunteering at a Cat Shelter which was completely FILLED with ferral cats, and the smell was enough to knock you out- they all tried to eat me the week I helped out there.
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