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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Jack_R2011, Jul 28, 2020.


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Do you brush your dogs teeth

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  1. Jack_R2011

    Jack_R2011 PetForums Newbie

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    Ok, so my dog is 9, he had a check up at the vet today. The vet said he’s in great condition. He got his teeth cleaned and had to have 3 removed. The vet also said he had one that was loose, but left it. I feel so bad as I never brushed his teeth. No one told me about doing It - no vet ever advised it. I bought toothpaste for dogs the other day and when he’s recovered from the anaesthetic, I’m going to start brushing his teeth to prevent his dental issues getting worse. Any dog we’ve had teeth brushing wasn’t a thing we did, no one I know that has dogs brush their teeth, so I didn’t know it had to be done. We have used dental sticks (can’t remember how to spell it) but he’s doesn’t really eat them often, just hides them usually. I’m worried he’s got periodontal disease - but the vet never mentioned it, and he gave him a proper check up. Do you brush your dogs teeth? Am I a bad owner for not doing this (I didn’t know)? Is starting to brush my dogs teeth now a good idea - will it stop any dental issues getting worse? I feel so bad so please don’t reprimand me, I know I’ve done wrong.
     
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    Jack_R2011 PetForums Newbie

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    The vet said he is in great condition- despite his teeth - which were cleaned/scaled he was given pain relief and an antibiotic. Please help - I love my dog so much and wouldn’t want to do harm to him, I feel so guilty
     
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    Never brushed a dog's teeth in my long life of owning multiple dogs and never intend to. I give them a bone if their teeth get mucky looking and occasionally, if there is stubborn tartar, I remove it myself. If your dog has had 3 teeth removed at such a young age I think there is a problem and you need to keep a close eye and not let the tartar build up again, whether by giving bones to chew on or cleaning the teeth.
     
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    So, you don’t think I’m a bad owner? He got tarter removed today, so when he’s feeling better, I’m going to brush his teeth regularly. Will that be enough to stop it getting worse - perhaps more dental checkups at the vets as well?
     
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    I just don’t want my boy to be suffering, I feel so guilty about it
     
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    Lots of people don't, but it certainly wouldn't do any harm if you want to try.

    Start with a little canine toothpaste on a rough weave piece of cloth over your finger to start with, to get him used to the feeling and you used to the shape of his moth.
     
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    I’ve been trying to get him used to it - before he went to the vet and he didn’t seem to mind it too much, definitely wasn’t his favourite thing though. I’m going to wait until he’s recovered from the aesthetic to start brushing his teeth - I feel so guilty though. I knew he had bad breath, I should have taken him to the vet to get it sorted sooner though. I feel so bad. The vet would have said if his teeth were really bad though right? He would have said if there was a bad problem. I don’t want it to get to that stage so I’m going to up his dental hygiene.
     
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    I'm sure he would.

    We all do our best, sometimes we get it wrong but it doesn't mean we are bad owners. Think.of all the things you do do for him and try to feel better.
     
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    thanks. I worry a lot about my pets, any mistake I make, I instantly think I’ve neglected them. My dog is very well loved and I will now be doing all I can to help with his dental hygiene
     
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    Wait a bit longer than that; it will be sore where the teeth were removed and you could make that worse by touching/rubbing there - and that could make him more averse to future teeth-cleaning. After a couple of weeks, it should be safe to start without causing any more pain.
    I have 3 dogs. One of them builds up tartar on her teeth so I clean hers. The other 2, despite being mum and twin sister, tend to keep their teeth quite clean by themselves.
     
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    I do.

    My dog isnt a huge chewer and has a slab fracture that builds up plaque really quickly if left.

    My boy has an electric toothbrush that he took really well to. Its the brushing, rather than the toothpaste, which is important.

    I only do them about 3-4 times a week.

    I believe food ingredients matter and make a difference as well. I dont give anything that contains added sugars, which so many food and treats do. I also avoid starchy foods where i can.
     
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    Yeah, sorry I didn’t mean that - I meant after he’s recovers from the tooth extraction. I was actually hoping to wait a couple of weeks to start, but would tartar not build up in that time, is that too long?
     
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    Do you have any tips on how to brush a dogs teeth effectively?
     
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    That should be fine.
     
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    If you look on the website of Dr Alex Smithson, the 'Dog Tooth Fairy', that has info on teeth cleaning. He did a root canal job on one of my dogs. He's a canine dental specialist.
     
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    I brush Heidi’s - first dog I have. Years ago it wasn’t a thing as far as I’m aware.
    I use enzymatic toothpaste. Logic/Vetzyme. Best results with Vetzyme.

    Dog toothbrush. Double ended. Use large or small end depending on how I feel.
    Sit Heidi on the floor, back against my legs. Open her mouth, head up a little so I can see. Brush inside and outside of teeth best I can. Finally close her mouth, toothbrush between lips and teeth, gently up and down either side.

    Braided ostrich tendon chews are brilliant. I pop a bit of paste on them and leave her to it if I’m feeling lazy.
    They start like small bristles and brush where she chews, when the fibres soften they’re more like floss.
    Expensive but as she’s small 1 lasts 3 goes.

    Don’t beat yourself up. Lots is down to genetics. Heidi’s had raw bones, abrasive chew, teeth cleaned and a good diet but her teeth aren’t great;)
     
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