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i am so excitged about this forum, i can actually ask questions that pertain to my pup!!!!! teeth cleaning! i currently use that toothbrush that has one big head on one end and one small head on the other. it sort of works but i have a heck of a time keeping his teeth clean. any recommendations? he runs from me when he knows i am going to brush his teeth but once he's on my lap, he sits and doesn't move but it's still almost imopssible to clean his little teeth.
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Never brushed a dogs teeth in my life. I give lots of hard chews, rawhide bones, hard dry food at least one meal a day. Who told you to brush their teeth?

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It is a good idea to brush your pups teeth, as it can prevent a build up of plaque and eventually becoming tartar that the vet needs to remove. In turn, this will cost $$$$ - if you know what I mean. I was told by my vet that in order to make a difference you need to brush their teeth at least 4 times a week. I believe there is a thread on this too, in the health issues concerns section.

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All of our dogs get their teeth brushed around here. Even our 10 week old pups get it. They don't need it yet, but it is good to get them into the habit before their adult teeth emerge.

If you dog hates the toothbrush, don't use it for now. If you are using an enzymatic toothpaste, then you can put it on one of those finger toothbrushes or just on your finger. You want to place the toothpaste on the upper back teeth (molars) up near the gums. The dog's tongue will do all of the rest of the work. With an enzymatic toothpaste, you do NOT want to scrub it. You just place it where it needs to be. (A dog's tongue can't reach that area, but it can reach all the other places in the mouth.

After tooth brushing, my dogs get a teething "treat" (a crunchy dental diet kibble made just for loosening tartar) that my vet clinic sells, and they love that part.

My dogs do not get any more food or any other kinds of treats for the night after tooth brushing. Water is OK.
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Helen, in addition to $, it can require anesthesia to clean the dog's teeth. The last thing I want to do is have my dogs have to be put under anesthesia for something I could easily prevent like teeth cleaning.
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Kimberly--Do pet stores sell the dental kibble? Do you know what brand it is? They sound like a good idea.
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Yes, it is the Hill's Prescription Diet t/d small bites (Canine). The package looks like similar to this:

(The small bites usually has a dark blue band under the t/d that says "small bites")

Be sure you buy the CANINE version, (The feline version looks the same, but is marked "feline".) and make sure you get the "small bites" because they are still pretty big.

I just give my adults 3-5 to chew, one at a time. The puppies get 2-3. They all think it is a reward and a treat.

Some pet stores carry it. My large Petsmart just started keeping it in stock.
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Hello..

I was just at my vet on Monday and she told me these young pups do not need toothbrushing with paste. Just your finger with water to help them get used to it when it becomes nessasary in a few months time. She also reccomended the T/D bites as well. They sell the full line of T/D products at the office. All prescription foods and what not, so she was saying this stuff is much better then regular dog food as they have analysis on t/d since its proscription. Who knows whats really in 'normal' dog food these days...

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my 3 year old pup has had his teeth cleaned twice n 3 years. i must stay on top of his teeth cleaning. his mom had the same issues with her teeth but not his dad, figures he'd take after his mom. i try to brush them twice a week but sometimes i just cant get those little teeth clean.
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Well I never cleaned Asta's teeth and his teeth looked great - everytime i took him to the vet he said perfect . No tartar ..
I tried brushing when he was a puppy and it was impossible just like grooming - he had not been held enough when he was young . He did chew a lot .. Bully bones , crunchy kibble , and other chews ..
I do not like what I see in the toothpaste Sorbitol ..
Cosmo's teeth are fine - he is a great chewer - flossies and bully bones and some crunchy liver biscuit .
Ahnold had his teeth cleaned when he was neutered he had tartar in the back . His teeth are now much better - he is learning to be a chewer . Cosmo starts it for him and then he kind of borrows it .. funny !!
I check there teeth once a week and all looks well . I am curious where you find the enzymatic tooth paste ..All I see is stuff that does not look healthy for pets ..
Tulip on the other hand has very tiny teeth but she is bothered by tartar and she had to have them cleaned by the vet .. She is not a chewer - and her Mom brushes her teeth but she still gets tartar .. She is on the special biscuits as well ..
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