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Our Night Time Oral Care Routine

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Champagne and Abby (Left to Right)

Brushing your dog’s teeth is very important for your overall canine companion’s health.  Because of that I do my best – I do forget once in a while – to brush her teeth every night.

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My tools.

Yes, each doggie has her own toothbrush and toothpaste.

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Abby, “Am I first?”

I always make sure that I place them in a spot that they are not to move from in order to maintain order in my pack and safeguard my sanity.  Abby, next to me, since she will be my first “patient”, and Champagne, patiently waiting for her turn.

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Abby, “Mom, wait”.

Abby is already used to getting her teeth brushed in the morning, and before going to bed.  Although you’d never know it from looking at the above picture.

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My next victim, I mean patient was Champagne, a beautiful Pit Bull.  She is very comfortable having me put my fingers in her mouth.

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If you are asking yourself, “How did she get such compliant doggies?”  Well, magic.  No, really, I used treats.  At the beginning, most dogs will take some time to adjust to you brushing his teeth, but as time goes by you’ll be able to do it in a matter of minutes.  With that in mind, do you brush your dog’s teeth?

Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth – Part II BARCS ID# A21561474

part21We took Bella to the vet yesterday, Wednesday, and I could not believe what the vet told us.  Bella had a small thin stick running from one side of her mouth to the other one that measured about 3 to 4 inches long.  The only part we were able to see were the black holes on her gums, but once she was sedated they found that a stick was pushing her teeth out-of-place.  After we picked Bella up from the vet, we passed by BARCS to pick up her meds and then we headed back home.  You’d think she’d be a little mellow, but boy she was still full of energy, but for that evening she was fed and kept apart from Alex and Walter as recommended by the vet tech.

part22I can’t stress enough how important brushing and checking your dog’s teeth and gums happen to be so please pet parents be diligent about your furry kid’s oral health.  I am not a dental hygienist like Cynthia, but a stinky mouth in a dog is never a good thing.  If you have questions, please ask your vet for advice and take your canine companion for a check up to make sure everything is fine.

Why Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth Is Extremely Important – BARCS ID# A21561474

brush2By the third night, our foster girl, Bella was at home with us, I started to brush her teeth.  At the beginning, all I did was put a bit of doggie toothpaste on a toothbrush so she could get used to it.  As days went by, I was able to start brushing her teeth followed by a snack, which she loved.  Between you and me, I think she just let me brush her teeth for the treat.  Smart girl!

A couple of days ago, I was finally able to brush her molars and I could not believe what I saw.  There was a black hole not on the tooth, but rather on the gums.  I had never seen anything like that before so I contacted BARCS right away and I took Bella to their vet so he can check her out.

brush1I told the vet that she had a black hole on both sides/gums, and that although her breath was not as stinky as before we could still smell something funky.  He would have had to sedate her to see this, so I suggested to him that Cynthia and I hold Bella and show him what we were talking about.  We did so and he gave Bella antibiotics and a referral to another vet with experience in this sort of problem.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, we’ll be dropping Bella off at the vet we were referred to so he/she can take care of Bella’s teeth.

And, the above picture is why it is extremely important that you brush your furry kid’s teeth.  I brush Alex’s teeth almost every night, I am not a perfect pet parent, and there are nights when I am too lazy or I just forget, but 9 out of 10 times she gets her teeth brushed and I ask Cynthia, at least once a month, to check her mouth since she is a dental hygienist.  The first time I asked her to do that, she just laughed and looked a little puzzled.  Right now checking Alex’s teeth and gums is just something she does at least once a month for our girl.

brush3Alex will be turning 12 years old in May, and so far, she’s only had a dental cleaning once.  That, I think, is pretty good.  If you do not brush your furry kid’s teeth, bacteria will grow and because of it organs such as her heart, kidney, and liver can be affected.  Please, take a couple of minutes every night and brush her teeth.  Cynthia knows a lot about it since she is a dental hygienist and she uses a lot of terminology that honestly speaking sounds like another language to me, but so far what I gathered from what she tells me is that plaque grows faster at night-time when we produce less saliva and that is why she is really adamant about having everybody brush their teeth before going to bed.