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Cleaning Teeth

Discussion in 'Pets Corner' started by Waco, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Waco

    Waco Gardener

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    Anyone clean their dogs teeth?

    I had to have Rhonda's cleaned last month (aged 6 and a half) so decided to try to do some preventative work. she just loves me cleaning them. Problem is, I came back from work yesterday to find she had eaten all the toothpaste - metal tube the lot!
     
  2. terrier

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    Our oldest dog, Megan, is 12 years old and still has near perfect teeth that stay very clean on their own, same with the other dogs resident here. If they didn't I would be seriously looking at their diet first, not cleaning their teeth artificially.
     
  3. UJH

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    I don't clean my dogs teeth. They are 1 and 3 years old.
     
  4. Victoria

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    I've heard about cleaning cats' teeth .... but you won't me have me doing that for love nor money .....:lollol:

    Besides that my 13 year old has lovely teeth and of course my two-year old does. I feed them correctly. :thumb:
     
  5. Waco

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    good point terrier about the diet. I actually cook my own good quality meat for them and just add mixer biscuit, but I am now giving then dental biscuits for their breakfast. I take your point, but I also think it is a family propensity towards poor teeth.
     
  6. Katherna

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    My cats and dogs have a raw diet and non of them need their teeth cleaning. My eldest cat is 20 and has nice clean white teeth. The bones in the dogs raw diet help with her teeth and chicken wings help with the cats teeth. I've only had 1 cat have bad teeth and thats because his jaw isn't right so his teeth never met, his teeth had to come out - he has 2 back teeth but those are nice and clean :)
     
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    I have always had to clean my Shih Tzus teeth when we lived in Cambridge but think it has something to do with the water now in Dorset they just don't seemed to get scaled up while I do agree diet has an impact think hard/soft water has a bearing.
     
  8. borrowers

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    This has been interesting reading. I have cleaned Joyce's teeth but, and I know some will scream at me, I don't see a reason whilst she can still eat everything.

    Right, now you've finished shouting at me, I find it really interesting about the hard/soft water thing. I think that has an impact on all sorts of things from how your hair can look after washing to how your kettle scales up.

    How do you know if you have soft or hard water?

    cheers
     
  9. Pro Gard

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    I dont with my cat, then again he eats an all dried food diet so the crunching up action keeps them clean.
     
  10. Katherna

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    Just for you borrowers

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    The second one shows more detail, but isn't quite as clear.
     
  11. Waco

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    We have very hard water, but I still think its a genetic trend. as far as giving my dogs bones, they of course love them but it does make them very sick after eating them so I save them for very rare treats - oh my poor deprived darlings!
     
  12. borrowers

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    Many thanks Katherna, I will keep this so I don't forget.

    cheers
     
  13. redstar

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    Yes, I cleaned my sheps teeth twice a month using "dog toothpaste" and a tooth brush. And they always had a nyla bone to chew which develops fibers at the ends of the bone and those fibers assist in the cleaning. Then I would give them a tarter dental bone weekly.
    "dog tooth paste" is special to buy from a pet supply company. Do not use human tooth paste---if you read the label on human tooth paste--it states, do not swallow. A dog always starts the swallowing stuff when brushing his teeth.
     
  14. Lyn

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    I'm with Terrier.
    If a dog as a dog diet the teeth should stay clean.
    Wild dogs don't go to the dentist. :lollol:
     
  15. borrowers

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    Hi all, just to say, old people don't stink, old dogs do.

    How to get round that?

    Joking only partly. Dogs in the wild don't have baths. How to keep them clean, my dog is definaltely getting smellier the older she gets.

    She was at the vets recently for something and she said; 'she's good for her age, has nice teeth' So, as I have always said, each to their own and we know when it's good.

    You could have a dog that's subsceptable to that, or a dog that's the same to joint troubles. Sorry for spelling. Hope you sort things.

    cheers
     
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