Hi everyone. I am a bit frustrated right now. I went to see my dog’s vet and told him about some problems that my dog currently has. He told me I should get him to the clinic, so I did. The problems that my dog has, have nothing to do with his dental health, it’s digestive problems.
When we came, the first thing that the vet did was checking his teeth. Then he started yelling out of nowhere! He told me I shouldn’t have a dog if I don’t know how to take proper care of him. And he said that the dog is obviously in pain. ‘’ Look at his teeth’’ he said.
What’s up with that?? How can I affect the look of his teeth? Do I need to brush them??? I mean seriously, what’s up with the crazy vet?
Your vet is not crazy and are you seriously telling me that you haven’t brushed your dogs teeth like, ever?? Don’t get offended by the things that your vet told you, he is doing that only because he wants best for your dog, and you want that too right?
You should definitely brush your dog’s teeth or at least give him bones or chewing toys for clean teeth.
I wish that you’ll never have to find out how many problems can bad dental hygiene cause.
It’s the same as in people. You probably know what can happen to you if you have a bad tooth and you don’t get a treatment. It can get you in a life danger situation.
Crazy vet? Never brushed teeth? Seriously? I mean – seriously? Please, don’t be mad at me but I think that you are a little bit crazy in this case lol. This is something that you need to do every day. It is very important to clean your dog’s teeth, you need to learn how important this is. Home dental care is one of the best things and ways that will help you keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy. Oral dental health is really important. You needed to star this as early as possible, but you didn’t, I can see. Start now, I hope that it is not too late.
Hi. I am not going to repeat that you are crazy, not your vet :) No offense, of course, I would call this – inexperience. Probably no one told you about this, which is ok, we are here to help you. But, anyway, you should know a little bit about this. Brushing your dog’s teeth is something that you need to do. Try to find some softer toothbrush and some good toothpaste. I know that your dog will probably refuse this whole process, but this will pass soon. If he continue to refuse this, you can buy some spray or some other things, that will clean his teeth.
OK guys, you shouldn’t be so harsh. There are a lot of people who don’t know that brushing dog’s teeth is something they must do.
So, Mia, your vet is right. You have to start with brushing your dog’s teeth. You will need special tooth paste for dogs and special brush for dogs (I prefer double headed with the brushes at a 45 degree angle). Be gentle at the beginning because your dog is not used to brushing teeth so that will be a little shock for him. Try to cuddle him while you are brushing his teeth and speak pleasantly. Also, give him a reward afterwards.
You surely have realized by now that you made a mistake in maintaining the oral hygiene of your dog (in a hard way, but better ever than never). Better said, not maintaining it.
Only one thing is logical – start brushing his teeth. It will be difficult in the beginning, so you can start with chewing toys (like I did with my corgi when he was just a puppy) or, if you are against it, throw him big bones. The next step is picking right toothbrush and toothpaste and to be patient. Your dog may not like it, but that is for his good.
Hope his digestive problem is solved by now.
Thank you @rubylock!
After these comments indirectly telling me how stupid I am that was something I really needed to hear.:)
And I really think it’s true. Many dog owners know nothing about cleaning their dog’s teeth. Just yesterday, I talked with my sister in law who has two older dogs and she told me that she doesn’t clean their teeth at all. Once a year she takes them to the vet to get something she calls ‘’deep teeth cleaning’’, but she does not brush their teeth with toothpaste and a cleaning brush.
She does give them bones though, which is according to her, almost the same.