I was looking at Gracie's teeth yesterday... and her teeth are beautifull, all but this little tooth in the back on each side of her jaw. I see some tarter build up just on that tooth on both sides,(same back tooth both sides). I dont brush my dogs teeth because I give lots of hard chew toys, raw'hide and greenies. I also feed both dry and can food. I hear feeding dogs can food makes them prone to problems with their teeth? Does anyone here bursh their dogs teeth? What do you use? How often do you brush them? How do you do it? 0r is it better to take the dog in once a year and let the vet do it? and How much does it cost you to have your dogs teeth cleaned?
I brush my dogs teeth daily. You can use a toothbrush or a rubber finger tip with little nubs on it. If you use a toothbrush, it should be a baby brush as they are very soft. Any dog toothpaste is good. I also use a powder with minerals and a cheese base by Wysong that really gets the tartar off. You can sprinkle on food or use with brushing. I kind of put her in a headlock and brush with my free hand. You have to start slow if your dog resists, just by tasting the toothpaste at first, then brush a little at a time. It really makes a difference. Our last dogs teeth were so bad, I ended up spending megabucks for dental care, so this time, I'm really diligent. A routine cleaning costs around 150.00 where I live, but if you need xrays or extractions, you need to take out a loan. When I first got Layla, she had lots of tarter, the vet suggested a cleaning, but since she was being spayed and had a hernia repair, he suggested waiting 6 months. (bacteria could infect incisional area). I went to work with the above and now, she doesn't even need the cleaning. Her teeth are bright white.
Jeezy, I definately would start ASAP when you get the dog, so it gets used to it. Little dogs teeth can go bad pretty fast. Layla (shih tzu) was only one year old when I got her and her previous owner didn't do anything and her teeth were nasty already.
lalayla, thanks for the advice. I will be sure to add that to my last minute list of items to get b4 arrival........... harleygirl, i guess you better brush huh? I would have never thought of it either, when i was a kid we had dogs and my mom never brushed their teeth, or maybe as i kid it was completely irrelevant to me.......lol
The great thing about getting a pup is you don't have to really worry about effective brushing for awhile, just getting them used to having the toothbrush in their mouth cause they are going to lose those teeth and by the time they get their permanent teeth, they won't mind the toothbrush.