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Teeth cleaning

Postby bhennessy » Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:50 pm

Is there a consensus or best practice on how often to have this done for sporting dogs and at what age to start, if at all?
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Re: Teeth cleaning

Postby hunter94 » Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:50 am

especially check back teeth closely for tartar build up.....lots of vets now employ sedative free cleanings....get it done annually if needed, will add years to your dog's longevity.
also use dental chews daily, if not brushing.
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Re: Teeth cleaning

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:21 pm

What brand name of dental chews do you good people give your dogs , and do they work ? Forrest
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Re: Teeth cleaning

Postby Doc E » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:51 pm

I personally know of 3 dogs that have died from the anesthesia used during teeth cleaning.
We give our dogs Pig Ears every other day and an occasional Bully Stick.
Vets always comment about how clean our dog's teeth are ---- even at ages 11 and 13.
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Re: Teeth cleaning

Postby Sooty42 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:13 pm

I let my dog chew on large raw beef bones for about 15-20 minutes twice a week. I just put it back in the freezer in a zip loc bag when he’s done. So far it has been keeping his teeth clean.
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Re: Teeth cleaning

Postby birddogger2 » Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:48 pm

I start the process of cleaning my dogs' teeth when they are puppies. I lay the dog down on the picnic table and make it stay there while i go over it from nose to tail, then I flip the dog over and repeat on the other side. When I'm done, I stand them up, stroke them up, style them up, praise them and give them a treat.

I do their nails this way and check out their feet, toes, ears and mouth. By the time they need to have their teeth cleaned, they know to lay there quietly and let me do what I need to do. By that time, they have figured out that squirming, complaining and trying to move only prolongs the session, so it is best to just lay there and it will be over when I say it is over. That is one where I ALWAYS win and the dogs know it.

I guess I scale their teeth, using a wide bladed(1/8") dental scraper once or twice a year, as needed. Some dogs almost never need a scaling and some need it every time I look. I don't like using the pointed dental picks because it is too easy to miss and stab the dog in the gums and, honestly, the scraper does a better job of removing the hardened plaque. I can bear down on the tooth and the plaque will usually come off in a sheet.

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FWIW, I have read several articles that indicate that clean teeth lead to improved scenting ability. I actually buy that scenario.
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Re: Teeth cleaning

Postby JONOV » Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:01 pm

birddogger2 wrote:I start the process of cleaning my dogs' teeth when they are puppies. I lay the dog down on the picnic table and make it stay there while i go over it from nose to tail, then I flip the dog over and repeat on the other side. When I'm done, I stand them up, stroke them up, style them up, praise them and give them a treat.

I do their nails this way and check out their feet, toes, ears and mouth. By the time they need to have their teeth cleaned, they know to lay there quietly and let me do what I need to do. By that time, they have figured out that squirming, complaining and trying to move only prolongs the session, so it is best to just lay there and it will be over when I say it is over. That is one where I ALWAYS win and the dogs know it.

I guess I scale their teeth, using a wide bladed(1/8") dental scraper once or twice a year, as needed. Some dogs almost never need a scaling and some need it every time I look. I don't like using the pointed dental picks because it is too easy to miss and stab the dog in the gums and, honestly, the scraper does a better job of removing the hardened plaque. I can bear down on the tooth and the plaque will usually come off in a sheet.

RayG

FWIW, I have read several articles that indicate that clean teeth lead to improved scenting ability. I actually buy that scenario.

That's really important to do for a lot of reasons. It's nice to have a dog that will let you in their mouth if you have to give medication, etc...

Practically speaking I've found that a hoof (they smell like death) or other animal bone will do as good a job as I can do.

Recently had a foster come through, first day I had him I brought him to vet since he needed rabies shot. Teeth looked awful. 1 week later vet couldn't believe how much better they looked; he just worked on a couple bones/bully sticks/hoof lying around our house.
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