Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Oral Hygiene

Yes, we brush our dogs' teeth.  Confession: we don't do it as often as we should.


Tesla's teeth are awful.  They always have been.  With how gunky they get, we really need to stay on top of it.  Especially since she can't afford to lose any more.  We've had them polished by the vet three times since bringing her home (about every other year) to keep her mouth in the best health.  We don't want to rely on this as we try to limit any unnessecary time under anestesia (not to mention that it ain't cheap!).


So, in order to help keep their teeth clean and healthy, we brush!  Tess hates it.  We did a lot of desensitizing in our early years together and she now she tolerates it, but always tries to run away or turn her head.  Edi, however, loves it.  His teeth are almost harder to brush because he never stop smacking his lips.


With all the health concerns a dirty mouth carries, it's really a shame how little we focus on this easy task.

Finishing off with parsley hearts made by our friend Sadie
Do you brush your dogs' teeth?  How do you put it into your routine to ensure you do it?


4 comments:

  1. I'm am as bad at teeth brushing as I am at nail clipping which means I pretty much never do it. They do get lots of chews and raw bones so their teeth are so far so good but ya, I should brush them too!

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    1. I don't know why it's so hard to do!! We used to have bones & chews on hand, but after the SECOND broken tooth, we removed them. Brushing it is for us!

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  2. You are an awesome dog mom!!! I brush the boys teeth but it goes in phases (i'm good at it then I skip several weeks). Jakes breath is so bad and even brushing doesn't help. I have started giving him parsley - hoping it works!

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    1. I'm worried Tess's is getting to that point. REALLY have to stay on top of it this time - we do like you..good for a couple weeks then months go by without. Have you ever had his teeth done by a vet? Is he one that doesn't do well under anesthesia?

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