My dental care routine wins!

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  1. Southpaw

    Southpaw orange iguanas.

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    For many many months now, I have been tackling the problem that is Lucy's teeth. I did not want to anesthetize her for a dental (and pay lots of money) until I had exhausted other options. I started off being lazy and always forgetting to brush and whatnot, so I got strict...

    Lucy's teeth before:
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    (No picture of molars, those were on my other phone that I lost :()

    Teeth tonight:
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    We've been brushing with the Petzlife gel every day, and spraying with Petzlife. Plus a weekly dental chew, which is probably not enough to really do much but she does not chew on things otherwise... and they are too expensive to give more often lol. I did a tiny bit of hand scaling on the canines, but there is a reason why they anesthetize them for this! She turns into a thrashing monster for it.

    Could she still benefit from a for real dental prophy? Absolutely. But for a 6.5 year old toy dog, she's not looking too bad right now and I think she's okay to go without it. I'm just pleased that they look pretty again and her breath isn't yucky.
     
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    PlottMom The Littlest Hound

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    Omg they look incredible! Alright, I may have to start on my dogs...
     
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    Wow, those are great results! I'll have to share these pics with my sister who has Cresties (nasty teeth on those guys).
     
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    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    I'm a lazy bugger :p I give antlers and scale their teeth every six months or so myself. :p

    I make them be still. It involves jiu jitsu :p
     
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    Woohoo, they look great! Good job!


    Bukra had some NASTY NASTY teeth before I started feeding raw meaty bones on a regular bases, and then feeding raw altogether.

    Now his teeth look amazing! I tried brushing them once or twice, and they just bled :-/ So I'm glad the bones have solved the problem for me!
     
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    That's incredible! Strider's teeth look like crap right now, and his breath smells like crap. He's super patient with me scaling his teeth but I lost my tools. I'll have to pick some of that stuff up for him and start brushing. :)
     
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    Wow! They look great!
    I really should do something about Trin's teeth. They are a getting better but I need to be more proactive in cleaning them.
     
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    They look great! I just got my Petzlife gel & will begin to use.
     
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    That's really amazing! You just saved yourself a huge vet bill!!
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    WOW!!! That is pretty awesome. You should totally print those off and keep them at your store to show customers.

    Last night Ryan and I were talking about how much more intensive Frodo's tooth routine is than ours :p We brush with CET twice a day, and 3 times a week we brush with Petzlife gel, and we give beef kneecaps to chew on. His isn't necessarily because I don't want to pay for a dental, I just don't want the stress that is taking him to the vet period!!

    ETA: and by "we" I mean Frodo's teeth, not that Ryan and I are using CET and Petzlife :rofl1:
     
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    Thats so cool!
     
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    Good job! They look great. :)

    I still am an advocate for professional dentals though if the teeth/gums are bad enough. Lucy's gums don't seem too bad and definitely a huge improvement.

    But if gums bleed when you brush, they really need to get cleaned all the way up to the gumline which is impossible to do while a dog is awake and risky.

    I found a thread with some good info that Laurelin started... http://chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=161922
     
  13. Southpaw

    Southpaw orange iguanas.

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    That's actually a pretty good idea, we have a bajillion customers wanting dental care solutions or wanting to know "does this stuff actually work?!" Too bad I'll only be there for one more week though so meehhhhh whatevs. :p

    Ohhhh trust me, as a vet tech I'm pretty well informed about dental health and what dental prophys are good for. :D
    She could benefit from a more thorough cleaning but I no longer think it's necessary for her.


    If we can just maintain what we have now, that'd be SUPERB! :p
     

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