(Closed) Do you brush your pet's teeth? (warning graphic pics)

posted 5 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Do you brush your pet's teeth?
    yes, "Fluffy" has their own brush and toothpaste : (11 votes)
    42 %
    we tried, but it was too hard : (7 votes)
    27 %
    I have never even heard of this... : (4 votes)
    15 %
    sometimes I don't even brush my own teeth : (4 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    192 posts
    Blushing bee

    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
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    8487 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I dont brush their teeth, but they get raw bones. It cleans their teeth better than a toothbrush would.

    Post # 5
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    770 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
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    1009 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
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    559 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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
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    3553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    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
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    1522 posts
    Bumble bee

    I barely hav this puppy potty trained I can’t fight ovr a toothbrush maybe in 6 months

    Post # 10
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    8487 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @babypearls:  The younger you get them used to it, the easier it will be though.

    Post # 11
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    1426 posts
    Bumble bee

    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
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    1293 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    @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
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    23 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
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    1966 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
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    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    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
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    286 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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??

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