Post # 1
So I am a horse vet, but I do some vaccine clinics for small animals for extra cash sometimes. It makes me so sad to see all the dogs with horrible, painful, rotting teeth. Most times, the owners have no clue about the problem and that it could have been prevented. These dogs sleep in their beds, lick their faces and eat scraps off of their dinner plates. Their mouths look like this-
Then I see so many owners with new puppies and their mouths look normal like this-
I try to explain to them the importance of brushing and how it can prevent painful and costly problems, but 9/10 of them just look at me like I’m completely mad. I know many of these people won’t ever take their pet to a regular vet, as they are getting vaccines from a low cost mobile clinic. This makes me really want to educate them as much as possible. It just made me curious to know how many pet owners even know about this stuff?
Post # 3
I’m ashamed to admit it, but I just finished dental hygiene school so I know all about keeping teeth and gums healthy, but I don’t brush my dog’s teeth regularly. I really should though. She hates the toothbrush and we’ll have to work on getting her used to it again.
We give our dog dental chews, but she still builds up tartar along the gumline really quickly. We take her for dental cleanings at the vet periodically. It’s expensive, but it’s worth it.
Post # 4
I dont brush their teeth, but they get raw bones. It cleans their teeth better than a toothbrush would.
Post # 5
I’m one of those owners who always means to brush my dog and cat’s teeth. Your post motivated me to brush my dog’s teeth AND schedule a dental exam with his vet.
Post # 6
I brush my dog’s teeth about once a week (I know I should do so more). I’ve tried to give him bones or hard things that might help, but he has little interest. He’s a trooper with teeth brushing. He’s little, so I use a child size toothbrush, and chicken flavored doggie toothpaste. He does have some discoloration (not sure if its plaque or tarter) along his gumline. He gets regular vet care (annual check up, plus any sick appointments), so if his vet ever recommended that we get a professional cleaning, we’d do it (even though I know they are very expensive).
Post # 7
I can barely get my cats to consent to being brushed, let alone brushing their teeth. But the vet said they look good, so I’m not worried.
Post # 8
I don’t and can’t have a dog or cat (yay allergies), but growing up we had a dog and my mom brushed her teeth about once a week. Some of her teeth still had to be pulled, but it helped quite a bit.
Post # 9
I barely hav this puppy potty trained I can’t fight ovr a toothbrush maybe in 6 months
Post # 10
@babypearls: The younger you get them used to it, the easier it will be though.
Post # 11
I grew up with (farm) dogs my whole life and needless to say, we never brushed their teeth. Our dog’s teeth never looked anything like that first picture, and they lived to be in their mid-teens. My Darling Husband is the same way. I never even knew brushing a dog’s teeth was a thing until I started working in a vet clinic.
Honestly, we probably won’t brush our dog’s teeth. The older one is 7 and no vet has told us that her teeth are rotting away or to even start brushing them. Our pup’s adult teeth are still coming in ATM. Somehow, dogs survived in the wild without brushing their teeth. I’m assuming because all of the dogs both Darling Husband and I have had, including our own, eat fresh meat, bones included, that we’ve never had a problem. But, who knows. Maybe we’ve just been lucky.
Post # 12
@whitefuzzy: Our little man has dental chews, a rope that *flosses*, and we brush his teeth at least twice a week. I’ve seen pictures like the one you showed (and even worse ones), and I can’t imagine letting something awful and preventable happen to my puppy. He doesn’t care about having his teeth brushed, he just sits there. I think that is because we got him used to it early on in his life. Dogs use their mouths for so much, I certainly don’t want my puppy’s to be rotting 🙁 Poor dogs.
Post # 13
We have a 1 year old puppy and ever since we got him(he was 4 months old) we have been using dental sticks to brush his teeth everyday and they work really well his teeth are still pearly white!
Post # 14
Those pics are so sad. We have no pets but my moms dog he’s 10 (a little 5lb yorkie) still hates getting his teeth brushed! But my mom doesn’t & takes him to get them cleaned at the vet. The last time she took him his heart rate dropped drastically poor thing.
Post # 15
My dog’s teeth got nearly that bad despite raw bones, bully sticks, and brushing every 1 – 2 days. I spent $1300 on cleaning with a few extractions. Just over a year later, they’re awful again – no matter what I do to try to control it. $1300 is a ton of money for me and I will not be able to afford more cleanings, I am having enough difficulty paying for her vaccinations 🙁
Post # 16
Ok this might sound like a dumb question but.. do you use toothpaste? I have a puppy and didnt know you were supposed to brush their teeth because my parents never did with any of our dogs growing up. So.. do I just use a toothbrush and some water or do I use toothpaste too??