(Closed) February is National Pet Dental Health Month – what do you do for your pet?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
  • poll: What do you do for your pet's dental health?
    Daily Brushing : (0 votes)
    Weekly Brushing : (5 votes)
    12 %
    Monthly Brushing : (4 votes)
    9 %
    Dental Cleaning at the Vet : (6 votes)
    14 %
    Nothing : (10 votes)
    23 %
    Pet dental cleaning treats (like Greenies) : (13 votes)
    30 %
    Other... : (5 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
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    154 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My pet is a Hamster, so no dental vet checkups

    Post # 4
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    290 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We do Greenies – she loves ’em, too. 

    But this year, she’s turning 9 y.o., and the vet recommended a full check up and cleaning, so we are scheduled for one later this month. Our vet offers a discount on dental service during the month of February, so we are taking advantage of it. 

    Probably will not be an annual thing, but every few years or so – or 9.  🙂

    Post # 5
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    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I clean my dog’s teeth as often as I remember. I aim for once a week, but it probably averages less than that.  He has a vet appointment next week, and I’m scheduling him for his first teeth cleaning. He’s about 6-7 years old, and he’s never had his teeth cleaned at the vet.  (I’ve had him for 3 years.)

    Post # 6
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    4355 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I brush my pup’s teeth when I bathe her, at least once a month but more often if her breath starts to smell. We also use dentastix/blue buffalo dental treats.

    Post # 7
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    2193 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    DD is supposed to brush his teeth every night.  That has turned into once a week when she bathes him.  I showed her the price of a cleaning and since he is her dog she is responsible for 50% of the bill(trying to teach her saving, being responsible, etc.  She was 12 when we got him!).  His teeth are plaque free as of yet!

    Post # 8
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    2566 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    My kitty Sheldon is due for a cleaning, I’m taking him in once I am done with my week of overnight shifts.  My girl cat Penny doesn’t need a cleaning yet, but she is due to have her root canal checked so I will have to bring her as well.

    I need to get back in the habit of cleaning their teeth every day, it really only takes 30 seconds so there is no good excuse not to do it!

    Post # 9
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    1572 posts
    Bumble bee

    We give my one cat this gel that cleans his gums. We are supposed to do it daily, but he is skiddish already and I don’t want to have to chase him down and give him the gel he hates as our only interaction some days if I’m busy. So we have some treats that are for dental health and taste like catnip 🙂

    Post # 10
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    385 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    One of my cats had to have a cleaning done at the vets, including one tooth extraction.  They both eat Science Diet Oral Care cat food now as their dry food (I also feed them grain-free canned food).

    Post # 11
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    8469 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We have a groomer near our house that brushes his teeth every other week for $5 each visit.  We also give him dental sticks (get naked all natural). 

    Post # 12
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    4314 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    All of the above except nothing.  Expensive but worth it.  Especially when you have a pug.  Always, always take your dog in for a teeth cleaning at least once a year!!

    Little tip for those with dogs or felines, my cousin is a vet.  You can get Science Diet T/D w/perscription at a vet and she said instead of feeding it to them regularly, just put a couple chunks on the regular food or feed it as a treat.  The script stuff is a little pricey but doing it this way between 2 dogs it lasts us 6 months.

    Post # 13
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    3057 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    I do daily dentastix or greenies & I USED to brush daily but I’m really slacking lately =/ I just brushed her teeth before I saw this post! I’ll have to look out for vets possibly giving discounts on teeth cleaning. To anyone who has had their dog’s teeth cleaned, how much did it cost you? & do they put the dog to sleep? Mine doesn’t bite & she lets me brush her teeth but I think it’s because I got the peanut butter flavored stuff lol Idk if she’d sit still for a cleaning…

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @soontobemrsm11:  Yes they put them to sleep.  Cost goes up by weight of dog.  I would say anywhere between $200-$300. 

    We’re on a plan, and it includes a yearly cleaning.  However, they had to pull some teeth outta the pug last time and we ended up paying another $200 out of pocket for the extractions + medication.

    Post # 15
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    1006 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I brush his teeth weekly to monthly depending.  Usually I don’t think about it until I’m like WOW, your mouth SMELLS! and then I do it.  He hates it because his teeth are loose (he was a stray so had questionable care before us), and the brushing moves them/hurts him.  We’re scared to get his teeth cleaned because he’s so small- we don’t want to put him under if we don’t have to.

    Post # 16
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    3057 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    @deetroitwhat:  That’s actually less than I thought, I was worried it would be like $500 and up! thanks =)

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