As a child we had several dogs growing up in our house. My mother primarily cared for the dogs; the kids mostly petted and played with them. In those days they did not know all the things they know now, and the advances in pet health were still around the corner.
I have no memory of my mother “brushing the dog’s teeth”. There was no special attention paid to canine teeth. Baths were the important thing. Especially if your dog had the misfortune of coming into contact with a skunk. Which is exactly what happened with our beautiful long-haired Sheltie Collie…but back to teeth.
Nowadays it is common for new pet owners to be encouraged to brush their dog’s teeth. Pet stores offer shelves of pet toothpastes, toothbrushes, oral sprays, even doggie mints for bad breath.
When I adopted ChazzTheDog, I immediately bought toothpaste and a finger brush. I was told it was the best selling canine toothpaste flavor at the store. Well, Chazz apparently did not know that he should like poultry flavored toothpaste – and did not take to it very well. I found the finger brush more difficult to manipulate. We next tried a vanilla flavored paste which he licked straight off my finger. I got a longer tooth brush, but not a full sized bristle brush. It is actually a rubberized brush with flexible bristle.
I began brushing his teeth about 3 days a week. Since he couldn’t rinse his mouth out; I also purchased an canine oral spray to use following the brushing. Despite our best efforts, I could see tartar and some spots appearing on Chazz’s teeth. Following that, I found out I could have his teeth professionally cleaned. I read that this has been shown to extend a dog’s life between three to five years. Well that was enough for me.
Non-anesthetic teeth cleaning can be pricey. I have seen it range between $160 – $225.00 for a session. Chazz is now 5 years old. He has had his teeth cleaned twice. He is overdue now, but the place I had it done at is now looking for a new vet dentist, so they can offer their canine dental clinics once again. The first experience was eventful. It turned out Chazz had gingivitis; so when they cleaned at his gum line they bled. Chazz swallowed some of this blood. When the cleaning was completed they returned Chazz to me, setting him on the cement floor. Chazz took two steps toward me and promptly vomited. They assured me this was from the blood he had swallowed and nothing more critical. Chazz went back a second time and everything went fine.
Vets say that as in humans, the health and condition of your dog’s mouth, gums, teeth, and even tongue can be indicators of his/her overall condition. As you know readers, we here at AdoptedMomToChazzTheDog Blog are not vets or animal trainer/ professionals of any kind. We do our research, try to educate ourself, and make the best decisions we can. And yes, finances play a part as well. Chazz has all his needs taken care of. Shelter, food, treats, toys, clothes, bed, leashes, and most of all love. I do the best I can with the resources I can spend on & for him.
serif;">Well, now there's something new in the canine dental health products.
OraPup Dog Breath Brush. http://www2.orapup.com/ It comes in a variety of colors, with flexible bristles on a paddle shaped brush your dog can lick. You simply spread about a ½ teaspoon of the flavoring around the bristles and then give it to your dog. My dog, Chazz, a medium sized Terrier/Shiba Inu mix took to it immediately.
There was no forcing or fight to get him to lick the bristles clean. At one end a raised edge works as a scraper for the dog’s tongue.
It’s simple and easy to do. The flavoring in this case Beef/Bacon comes in a plastic squeeze applicator bottle for quick application onto the paddle. Quickly, not only did Chazz understand that the way to get the flavoring was to lick the paddle bristles; but he used one of his paws to hold it in just the spot and position that he liked to get at it.
So stop fighting with your dog to get him to improve his dental health. Get an OraPup Dog Breath Brush and watch him or her jump right on board.
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DISCLAIMER: Adopted Mom To ChazzTheDog received no compensation for this review. The opinions expressed our completely our own and have not be influenced by any outside source. We purchased our own OraPup dog breath brush used in our test. Orapup kindly provided a Starter Kit for the GiveAway.