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|07-05-2008, 08:28 PM||#1|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2007
Dirty teeth question
My 3 babies are beween 1 year and a year and a half. Their teeth are gross! Ive got a gel to clean with but its VERY slow to help. I need to know WHEN to go to the vet for them and if there is a specfic kind of vet to see, you know like a dentist vet?
Ive read on here about them being put to sleep to clean but that sounds extreme. Is there a step between home cleaning and the sleep to clean?
Im worried their teeth are sore or a few wobbly. I feel very guilty that they are so bad. Before I came here I didnt even know people brushed their teeth.
|07-05-2008, 08:46 PM||#3|
Donating Yorkie Yakker
Join Date: Nov 2006
Daily toothbrushing...use the gel (is it Petzlife?) and I would definitely speak with your vet. They may have some underlying infections going on.
Lorene, Paris, Paris, Samira, Aja and the newest addition to our family... Halle
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|07-05-2008, 09:18 PM||#4|
Donating YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: new york
I would speak to the vet. We use petzlife spray every week and Chewys teeth seem ok. shes 2.
Start out brushing daily with a doggie toothpaste and use the petzlife every third day or so...you should see a change pretty soon.
If they dont let you brush in the back (like mine) just spray a little more back there or put the gel...
|07-06-2008, 04:30 AM||#6|
Luv my Angel, too!
Join Date: Apr 2006
The bad breath will go away when the teeth are cleaner. Use a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger and start "brushing" her teeth daily. You can really feel if you have gotten to every tooth. Use the gauze to wipe the teeth (back and forth a few times) outside and inside. You will see the gunk that comes off. Then use the Petzlife gel afterwards and coat the same teeth that are the bad ones (daily for the first 30 days). You should start to see a difference pretty quickly. The daily "brushing" is really the key.
Sissy & Angel
|07-06-2008, 08:27 AM||#7|
Donating YT 30K Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Blog Entries: 6
Pixie my 2 1.2 year old had terrible tartar on her teeth and gum disease, the vet told me to try for 6 weeks with an intense cleaning procedure of wiping with dental wipes, brushing with toothpaste and applying Petzlife everyday. Nothing helped. So we had her teeth cleaned at the vet and 5 teeth removed. Her teeth look great now, breath is fresh and I have continued the program everynight. My 3 year old's teeth are fine and m yvet said a lot of it is genetics and upkeep. Pixie had the presurgery bloodwork and everything went fine. She came home about 4 that day. It is so nice for the first time since I got her she has great smelling breath
Cali Pixie Roxie : RIP Nikki; RIP Maya;RIP my sweet Dixie girl 1/17/08
|07-06-2008, 09:05 AM||#8|
Our Blessings R Many
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: In the shelter of God's Loving Care.
By the way we sure enjoyed seeing the pictures of you all and your furbabies back at the meet in KC we saw them on YorkieSmiles thread she posted. That was great you all got to get together, looked like so much fun.
Hugs, Patti and Jack and girls.
|07-06-2008, 12:31 PM||#9|
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: The Hague(Den Haag)The Netherlands
Dont feel guilty,. sometimes they just dont have nice teeth..
I never brushed Snickers his teeth or my other dogs .
But i do give them regular bones to chew on so it cleans too .. its very good for the teeth..
Does your babies like bones.. ???
Maybe you should ask your vet too what to do if its really bad.. cause they r so young.. maybe try it first with some chewing..
Love and good luck Priscilla
|07-06-2008, 02:35 PM||#10|
Join Date: Mar 2008
This is Scooter. No way can you get in his mouth and his teeth desperately need cleaning but with CT, the vet told me it was a hugh risk to clean his teeth. Any suggestions?
Shirl and Bailey
|07-06-2008, 02:55 PM||#11|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
I give Duke pedigree denta stix, he gets one every night, it really helps with his breath. He is 7yrs now and his teeth just recently started getting a little yellow so now I have a finger brush and toothpaste to brush his teeth.
Lucie is too little for the denta stix right now but I am going to start brushing her teeth now so she gets used to it, she's the fiesty one out of the two.
|07-07-2008, 04:14 AM||#12|
And Rylee Finnegan
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Metro Detroit, MI
You do not need a dental specialist but I think they would be better with extractions. My first concern would be to go to a vet with a good anesthetic protocol who sees small dogs often.
There is no good way to clean teeth without anesthesia.
Doing them anesthesia-free sounds great but the cleaning doesn't go as deep and isn't as theory as it needs to be and it isn't as healthy for the dog in the end.
Brushing everyday is good but if the teeth are full of tartar and the adult teeth are lose, they probably need to be professionally cleaned and some may need to be pulled, otherwise the infection could go into the organs and then there is a big problem...
Usually the benefits of a cleaning outweigh the risks, but sometimes that isn't true, so if you aren't sure, get a second opinion.
Crystal, Ellie May (RIP), Rylee Finnegan, and Gracie Boo🐶
Last edited by Ellie May; 07-07-2008 at 04:16 AM.
|07-07-2008, 05:02 AM||#13|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Feb 2008
Bailey had a teeth cleaned at the vet this spring for the first time. She turned 8 on July 1.
The vet named her pirhana mouth because she won't let anyone near her mouth when she is awake. Therefore its impossible to brush her teeth.
When she needs a pill, she gets it in a piece of banana. When she needs pepto-bismol, I use a syringe. Her teeth were pearly white for the first 7 years than due to a little tartar, she required a cleaning at the vet.
The cleaning took care of the tartar, but not her breath.