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Questions about Brushing Your Dogs Teeth

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Steve
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How often do you brush your dogs teeth? Our vet said you should really do it 2-3 times a week to keep up their dental health. I am just wondering how often everyone else does it? What kind of toothpaste do you use? We have some brand of enzymatic paste that is suppossedly the best, any opinions? Thanks!
 


poodlegirl
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Use toothpaste that is specially formulated for dogs. If your dog doesn't like the toothbrush, try wrapping a piece of guaze around your finger and using that instead.
chicochay
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my dogs have always chewed bones to keep their teeth clean I never brush them. Their favorite is the large femure bone usually about $10.00 at the local pet store. My lab that passed this fall was 14 years old had no plaque on his teeth and never had a dental
sands904
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Really? Our vet told us to make sure we brush the dog's teeth 2-3 times per week. We especially have to brush Lacey's teeth because her mouth is so small she can't get any chews or toys to the back teeth. We also give them chews to help fight plaque also. We have been buying them the Hartz brand rawhide chews that have some special tarter fighing ingredients. They love them. The only problem is Logan tries to eat them too fast and swallows them when they are still rather big. I am afraid to continue giving them to him. I am afraid that he will choke on one, one of the days.
JLRose06
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I don't actually brush our dog's teeth. I give them (and the cat) a greenie every other day or so and that has been working great. I have started my 8 week old Schneagle on them as well. The animals seem to love them. I have tried other products, like the dent-a-bone, but it has made one of the schnauzers sick, so I stick with the greenies.
Hannah32198

I'm not too good about brushing my dog's teeth, because I have so many things I have to do during the day. I'm starting to brush their teeth everyday again. I am getting back into the habit. But my dogs have brown plague all over their teeth. That is hard and it won't come off.  Then they also have gingivitis. Whenever I brush their teeth, they bleed pretty bad. When I looked at their teeth, they looked terrible. I feel so bad! This is why it so important to brush your dog's teeth everyday! Make sure you do it! You will regret it!
emgerber
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I brush my dogs teeth everyday. I do it first thing in the morning. I have done it since we got her at 7 weeks old. She sits and lets me do it without any problems. I use a child's toothbrush. I tried one of the battery operated ones but I did not think it was doing a very good job. I use the poultry enzymatic toothpaste from my Vets. She is now almost 2 and had beautiful white healthy teeth.
emgerber
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I forgot to mention in my post when I started to brush her teeth I used the finger tip brush in the beginning from my Vet to start. I handled her mouth and face allot during play to densensitize her mouth area.
corky95621
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i NEVER brush my dogs teeth and they have the whitest teeth i have ever seen. but then again i feed them a raw diet and give them bully sticks that keep their teeth clean. a dog having a small mouth shouldnt mean it has problems chewing, it is a dogs natural behavior to use its back teeth for grinding, just have to get something hard that the dog can chew on like a bully stick that comes in small sizes. works fantastic for my little dogs. but also some breeds need to have their teeth brushed often cuz they are prone to dental problems before they are even 2 years of age, like for instance my neighbors jack russell is super skinny because its teeth are so decayed and he is not even 2 yet. it is so hard for the dog to eat. so yes brushing will help but you dont really need to brush they way we do. as long as you have an enzymatic toothpaste all you need to do is get it onto the teeth or in the dogs mouth and it will start working. at my work we use a peanut butter or a poultry toothpaste and the dogs seem to love the flavors!
emgerber
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Like I have said in a previous posts I brush my dogs teeth everyday. My vet suggested it. She even gave us our first tooth brush and tooth paste. She was 7 weeks old when we starting brushing her teeth. Since we have a dog with long hair that can mat she gets brushed everyday so part of her grooming is brushing her teeth. I takes about 30 seconds. She loves the tooth paste. What really got me going was my neighbor had a dog with really poor oral health and it cost them over $600 to have their dog's teeth cleaned by the vet. There is no history in her blood line of having dental problems but for 30 seconds and she does not fight me I do it just as a preventative. It also helped when she was a puppy with the whole oral stage they go through. My dog is not a big chewer but I have give her bully sticks and antlers and she likes them both, but she will only chew for so long then will leave them for another time.
emgerber
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Apparently some small dogs do have a bigger problem with tartar than other dogs. I just want to make sure I am doing what is best for my dog. She is not big on chewing stuff other than her food. I continue to give her lots of things to chew. I have and continue to give her bullies but sometimes she is not interested in chewing them. She does like and gets raw food. I am interested in people sharing what kind of tooth paste they use or what kind of dental things they use like water additives. I was at a friends house last night and they had a nylabone which Khia seemed to like what do you think about mylabone as a possible chew item?
corky95621
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nylabones are ok as long as they are not the rubber ones. my dog buster had gotten one as a gift and he started tearing chunks out of it and i was worried that he would swallow the pieces. you can also give her frozen carrots to chew on. they are fantastic
emgerber
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The nylabone I got is for strong chewers and it is very hard. Khia loves it. I never thought about frozen carrots. I will give it a try. I know she does very well with carrots and she really likes them. Thanks!

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