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Teeth cleaning

Django is going in Thursday to have his teeth cleaned. I swore the last time he had his teeth cleaned last year it would be the last time however he is just prone to bad teeth. I brush every day, I'm sure the meds he's on don't help, his mom had bad teeth. He's had his teeth cleaned almost every year since he was 3.

Does anyone have a recommendation to help keep his teeth clean? I have tried the additives you put in water but on day 3 he stopped drinking water from his bowl in the kitchen where the additives were placed and would only drink out of his bowl in the bathroom upstairs!

I have a great vet, he's the first patient in and the first patient out. We arrive 20 minutes before he's ready to go in. Blood work is taken the day before, load him up with prednisone as well. Hoping no teeth need to be extracted. To date, he's only had one tooth removed.

He's never been one to chew on bones, antlers, etc. etc. I have tried everything under the sun. Any suggestions would be great. I really want this to be the last time he goes under.
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Our vet said some breeds are prone to dental problems. Scout and Truffles have good teeth, but I think it is a good idea to have routine cleanings as a preventative.

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Exactly. Better just a cleaning then major dental issues.
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My corgi had bad teeth. Always yellow. They were also worn down really bad. The vet was always asking if she chewed on rocks. Just recently, I found out that tennis balls are very damaging to teeth. Not the doggie balls, but real tennis balls for tennis. I've been told that the fabric covering is like sandpaper. That was news to me. Foxy, my corgi, loved tennis balls so I am now wondering if that is why her teeth were so ground down. I know that's off the subject of teeth cleaning, but I thought it would be good for others to know.



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diet is a big issue, some are just more prone to tartar . Brush more thoroughly. No quick fix.

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I have not had a dental done on my dogs yet in over 30 years of having dogs. I brush, floss and scrape them myself. Took a long time to get each dog to accept that. Having said that though it also could be that I have been lucky to have dogs with good teeth (I only have one dog at a time since I take them everywhere with me and couldn't with more than one) so this has only been 4 dogs. But I am working on Sophie now to let me do all that with her and I have a goal of teaching her to keep her mouth open so I can brush the insides easier but we'll see how that goes lol.
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I have not had a dental done on my dogs yet in over 30 years of having dogs. I brush, floss and scrape them myself. Took a long time to get each dog to accept that. Having said that though it also could be that I have been lucky to have dogs with good teeth (I only have one dog at a time since I take them everywhere with me and couldn't with more than one) so this has only been 4 dogs. But I am working on Sophie now to let me do all that with her and I have a goal of teaching her to keep her mouth open so I can brush the insides easier but we'll see how that goes lol.
I found a brush that is round on one end and a standard brush on the other end. Pixel will let me brush the outsides of her teeth, then I put tooth paste on and let her chew it off to get the insides... although I've been told by a couple of vets that getting the enzyme tooth paste into their mouths, and brushing the outsides, where their tongues don't work on them all day, is 90% of the battle.

So far, Kodi is 6 and his teeth are in great condition, and I've started Pixel early too. I DO think that some lines have better teeth than others.


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That sounds like a cool brush. My picky Sophie does not like toothpaste. I have tried several flavors. She will shake her head and back off. She also won't touch peanut butter. Coming from many years of doxies who are ravenous eaters it is very strange to me. LOL.

Yes outside of carnasials is the worst area thankfully it's an easy spot to get at. I have had 2 vets recently tell me it's really important to get the insides too I am wondering if they've changed their thinking on that. I may get her used to a sonicare also. Anything to avoid the anesthesia risk of cleaning, etc.
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That sounds like a cool brush. My picky Sophie does not like toothpaste. I have tried several flavors. She will shake her head and back off. She also won't touch peanut butter. Coming from many years of doxies who are ravenous eaters it is very strange to me. LOL.

Yes outside of carnasials is the worst area thankfully it's an easy spot to get at. I have had 2 vets recently tell me it's really important to get the insides too I am wondering if they've changed their thinking on that. I may get her used to a sonicare also. Anything to avoid the anesthesia risk of cleaning, etc.
Fortunately, both of mine will like toothpaste right out of the tube!


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Every one of my dogs have too.
Sophie is odd.
I tell her that every day. <3
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