Brushing teeth......

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  1. Debi

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    Hey...I worked for a dentist for a number of years (between the audiological stints) so I figure my furbabes have to have clean teeth, right? So...I have a couple toothbrushes and a smile.........2 unwilling canine participants. I tell myself...........'yes, I CAN do this'...........well, how many times can I possibly be wrong in my life?????? As I wipe some kind of awful slime off the bathroom floor (and I barely had a trace of anything on the toothbrush....Ham just seems to ooze slime sometimes) I know I'm not supposed to ever give up......keep plugging at it all.....................................but, I stink at this as I stink at nail clipping. God Bless the vet's office....this is another job for them. I will never, ever.......ever......be good at some of this stuff. GADS........I KNOW they are both laughing..............:mad:
     
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    I always tried to brush puppies and finally gave up !!!! Every time I go to the vets, they ask how I keep their teeth so clean.....beats me !!!! Maybe chew toys and kibble and doggie treats ??? Or.....maybe the luck of the tooth fairy !!!! LOL......
     
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    the best thing you can do for oral health is feeding raw, meaty bones. ever since i've switched to a home prepared, mostly raw diet, i don't need the toothbrush anymore at all.
     
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    LOL Debi, I'm with ya on this one! I can't clip Chili's nails or brush her teeth to save my life! As far as keeping her teeth clean, I got these little things called 'Greenies' for her to eat. I tell my husband to clip her nails or either I take her to the vet!
     
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    I brush my dog's teeth every day...mostly with water only..I use doggy toothpaste once - twice a week...they don't mind at all...

    Mordy..you seem like the dog food guru around here...would you mind giving me some information about raw dog food? I'm thinking of switching my pooches over but I'm scared...I guess its because of the rumors about swallowing and choking on bones, and the salmonella poisoning..and that its messy..

    I'm not sure, but I'm just nervous about it..maybe all I need is some good old information to start off on the right foot lol

    Right now I feed the timberwolf organics and home made dog food..where I measure out every dang thing so that the ca/ph levels are fine...and that the calorie content is accurate..and its just alot of work...so the easier and faster, the better...and I heard that raw isn't that hard to prepare.

    Anyways, I'll shut up now lol
     
  6. Mordy

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    i'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

    however, i always recommend that anybody who wants to start feeding a home prepared diet (regardless if raw or cooked or a combination of both) should not rely on doing all their research online. buy a few good books on the topic so you have a solid foundation.

    if you can't, or don't want to spend a lot of money, the one single best book you get most out of for your money is monica segal's "K9 kitchen your dog's diet: the truth behind the hype" - unlike any other books i have read, it isn't biased towards either way of feeding and offers sound advice on both raw and cooked, along with a good number of sample recipes and all the resources you need to calculate the nutrient requirements that must be met to keep a dog healthy.

    another thing i really like about monica's book is that she doesn't just look at all dogs of members of one species that should be fed a specific diet, she very much takes the individual dog and what he or she does well on into consideration.
     
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    lol I don't brush my dogs teeth i remember trying to brush some of the dogs teeth when i was little but they always ended up running away lol. My dogs nowadays have really good teeth anyways i don't think they really need me to.
     
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    Yeah I did alot of book research before I started feeding my dogs home cooked..but it didn't have any information on raw...just cooked..and then of course, I did check out some online sites as well...and called up a nutritionalist..but he was charging 50 bux for just coming in and asking him a few questions..so I thought I'll just stick to books for now..

    Thanks for that title though..I'll make sure to take a look :)
     
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    Toothpaste

    I brush my dogs teeth sometimes. Maybe lol 5 times a year or less or more I don't know lol. My dog is little so I am willing to but I can't see my self brushing abig dogs teeth lol. The only problem I have is that I have special cchicken flavoured dog toothpaste and my dog eats it lol he licks it right off the toothbrush. pfft
     
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    RE:toothpaste...

    Really?? my dog hates the toopaste we bought for him even though he will put up with his teeth being brushed...i have like 5 different types of toothpastes! they say the ones with active enzimes are the best like hydrogen peroxide and also ones with neem oil and stuff. Man, our vet told us that we should brush Teddy's teeth like everyday....the problem is, i always forget! o well....i hear finger toothbrushes work. we bought this liquid tartar remover for dogs that you put in your dogs water, it seems to be working! and its perfectly safe for them to swallow. so anyways i guess i should shut up now, lol. good luck with your teeth brushing!>>> :)
     
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    heres how u do it, hold these suckers down. open their mouth and start brushing. YES they will make a choking sound and hate you forever but if it has to be done than do it! lol

    I personally dont brush my dog's teeth. I leave it to those ropes and bones. Its too much of a hassle to hold down Boomer in the bathroom while he squirms like crazy, making my head bob. My head normally ends up hitting the corner of the sink and makes me mad. Boomer opens the door by himself and runs out into the living room with what I consider to be a smile on his face. He runs a few circles than bolts out into the backyard. Just isnt worth it.
     
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    um, i hope you aren't serious about that. :eek:

    it's very simple to get a dog used to having foreign objects put in their mouth (fingers, toothbrushes etc.), make it a rewarding experience, not torture.

    if you use the simple principles of operant conditioning, you can even teach a dog to open their mouth on cue, so you can brush their teeth with one hand tied behind your back if necessary.
     
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    CJ who is 11 and never had her teeth brushed thinks it's the greatest thing on earth.

    Max on the other hand, runs away from you and when you get close enough scrunches his mouth and say "NO". I was able to put a little doggy toothpaste on a towel and try to do it. It worked for a bit. Max wants no part of toothbrushes, etc.
     
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    Toki loves getting his tooth brushed. He loves doggy toothpaste. Instead of brushing his teeth it's more like brushing his toungue. hehehe
     

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