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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-01-2007, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Teeth cleaning

Benji HATES to open his mouth for any kind of mouth exam or teeth cleaning. As long as he knows that I have no ulterior motive to put my hand in his mouth, he will let me explore it as long as I want. Bring any smelly stuff like toothpaste or mouthspray near and he will close his mouth like it is Fort Knox. In our struggle, the toothpaste ends up on his coat and never in his mouth

I use Oxyfresh in his water. I have tried different flavors of toothpastes but he didn't like any of them. I have Petzlife gel and spray but as soon as he sees the bottle or smells it, he will stubbornly sit with with his mouth shut, no amouth of coaxing, praise and treats would do the trick. I have heard many good things about Orovet. I would buy it if I were sure that I could use it. I wish there was a odorless toothpaste or gel.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or help.

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I would suggest using just plain water until he is comfortable or tolerable, with that. Then introduce what ever product you want to use just a tiny bit at a time. Good luck.

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My vet said don't buy the toothpaste. Just get a 2x2 gauze pad and scrub their teeth with it. It is a little abrasive, so it gets off the tartar and the dogs don't seem to mind it at all. They didn't like the toothpaste.


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Michele, how often do you do this? Does it really help? I really like the idea and would like to try it on Banzei! Right now I don't brush his teeth, but he doesn't mind if I would...I just scrub away the tartar with a hand scaler...
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I really don't have a schedule. I just check them and if I see tartar, I clean them. I guess I should be doing it more often if I can see tartar.


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I have a toothpaste with chickenflavour, she licks it right out of the tube hahahahahaha
Because she likes it so much, she keeps licking the pad/fingerbrush, the cleaning is still a struggle hahahaha

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i started out by letting my pup lick the toothpaste off the toothbrush. once he got use to that i slowly started brushing his teeth. everytime i brush, i stil let him lick a bit of thepaste off the brush,. it's vanilla flavor. he runs everytime he hears me pull the cup out that containes his paste and brush so he doesn't like it but once i start, he sits there and doesn't complain. maybe you need a differeting kind of brush, i use the one that's pink and has a big head on on end and a small head that's at an angle on the other. that's the side i use and that seems to be what fits in their tiny mouths.
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I have Petzlife also. They run when they see the bottle. I get more on me than them!

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They do get used to it but it seems like it's always a fight to start with. We clean teeth every time one is on the table to be groomed. I think it has to be a two person job to start with. The holding is as important as the cleaning. It's important for the holder to not keep pressure on the dog except to counteract any wrestling that the dog does and the pressure has to be released the INSTANT the dog relaxes.

We also use a little dental tool that has a 90 degree bend and sharp edges on the side to scrape any tartar off with.
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I find bath time is the best time to brush the teeth too, and its also a great time to do whatever *trimming* of the fur on the pads, rear end, nails, etc. I have my husband or daugher hold her in the towel while I clip her nails and brush her teeth and then she is on the table for blow drying/brushing. She doesnt' fight me half as much when she's wet. I bathe her quite often, but there have been times I've wanted to brush her teeth in between baths when she's gotten her mouth on something NASTY (like a dead frog!!) and BOY, was it a battle. Sheesh. lol

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