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Brushing dog's teeth?

Posted: 07 Apr 2010, 15:20
by Leah
On a recent visit to Monty's breeder she asked if I have started brushing his teeth yet.

In truth I hadn't given it a lot of thought and have never brushed a dog's teeth before.

Do any of you brush your doodle's teeth and if so HOW???

Can I use a human's toothbrush or do I need a special one? What about toothpaste? And how the heck do I brush them without him just chewing the toothbrush??

Also,how often do you do it?

Thank - you !!

Re: Brushing dog's teeth?

Posted: 07 Apr 2010, 15:38
by lucyeff
I have never brushed any of my dogs teeth - from what I gather, raw bones do the trick smashingly.

I think as long as they keep off the sweets and goodies, with a normal dog diet they shoud be ok? I may be wrong?

Lucy xx

Re: Brushing dog's teeth?

Posted: 07 Apr 2010, 22:09
by kiwi&dood
I tried it. Dylan hated it. He wouldnt let me brush his teeth, so I tried putting paste on my finger (dog toothpaste) and he was sick. I have since abandoned all attempts! :lol:

Re: Brushing dog's teeth?

Posted: 07 Apr 2010, 22:26
by KateW
One thing you must not do is to use toothpaste for humans on a dog as it is toxic to them....It is a good idea for a puppy to become accustomed to being examined all over including inside the mouth. You can tell a lot about a dog by looking at their gums for example but only if they let you open their mouth :lol:

What I usually do is to tear off bits of an old towel and rub their gums gently, every day so they get used to it. You can use a child's toothbrush with soft bristles for a puppy and you can buy canine toothpaste.

Personally as soon as the puppy is old enough I provide raw bones and that keeps their mouths in excellent condition.

Katherine

Re: Brushing dog's teeth?

Posted: 13 Apr 2010, 18:29
by Daisy(mini)Doodle
Dog toothpaste and an electric toothbrush,(use an old brush) no problem

Re: Brushing dog's teeth?

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 13:45
by rgdn
There have been a couple of comments here about feeding raw bones - at what age can these be given to your pup/ dog? I have to be honest the thought of trying to clean Bonnie's teeth doesn't fill me with joy so Bones sound a great idea...

Re: Brushing dog's teeth?

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 17:15
by kiwi&dood
I dont know what the official rule is, but we have a butcher in the family so dylan had one when he was about 3 months!. Marrow can be a bit rich though.....

Re: Brushing dog's teeth?

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 23:06
by MrsAdmin
It is actually a really good idea to brush your dog's teeth, as well as giving bones. It gives you a chance to check they don't have any brown tartar building up and gets them used to having their mouth pulled about and peered into.

I've always made sure that I can put my hands into their mouths (and half way down their throats when trying to get back the latest 'prize' about to be swallowed). If you feel a bit unsure as to whether you might get bitten (even accidently) then try hand feeding kibble to your dog instead of using a bowl. All good puppy mouthing prevention and teaches them not to bite and get used to having human hands near their mouths.

Tooth brushing and examination can detect problems like a broken molar and gum disease (either pale - anaemic or very red and sore - gum disease).

For teeth cleaning buy dog toothpaste from any pet shop and I got a double ended dog tooth brush too. It's a bit longer than human ones so you can reach the back molars. You can also use a rubber finger brush.

The knack, apparently, is to hold their mouth shut. Slide the toothbrush under the soft edges of the lips, at the side and back of the mouth and work it up and down against the outer edge of the teeth, coming forward to the front. Repeat on the other side.

I was told not to bother cleaning the inside of the teeth as the action of gnawing and licking cleans the top surface of the molars and the inside of the teeth. However, when I peer in I can see that their molars can get grubby bits stuck in (DO NOT imagine what that could be :shock: )so I generally say 'open wide' and give everything a quick scrub round anyway :lol:

Their breath smells a lot better afterwards so extra bonus :P

Here's some good clear pics but there's loads of videos on how to do it if you google search.

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source ... hNr6GDNb7A

Re: Brushing dog's teeth?

Posted: 27 Apr 2010, 20:13
by Raini
Hi, I use PLAQUE OFF on my Doodle - all you do is sprinkle a tiny amount on one of their daily meals. She has teeth that SIMON COWELL would be proud of and NO BRUSHING ! Best Wishes Raini

Re: Brushing dog's teeth?

Posted: 27 Apr 2010, 23:04
by Rosikus
We recommend Plaque Off at work too. :wink: Changes the make up of the saliva which stops plaque from building up and gradually gets rid of the existing stuff.

Re: Brushing dog's teeth?

Posted: 28 Apr 2010, 00:51
by Bid
I used plaque-off for one of my cats, but tbh it made no difference, and she had to have a GA and full clean and scale treatment. We've used it again since then, but she still gets a build up of plaque. We also tried the dental food by that had no effect either. Imo you need to either brush, give bones, or trust to naturally good teeth ( and there's no way I am going to brush the teeth of a cat!). Mine have bones, but Daisy's sister Raggle gets her teeth brushed daily - she has the pearliest whites you could wish for!