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Dog Teeth Brushing – It Doesn’t Have To Be That Bad

by Baylor (the smart, mature dog in the pic)

in Grooming a Dog

We’re going to save you a little effort and a whole bunch of money by letting you know the following stuff:

  • Why dog teeth brushing is important
  • What did NOT work
  • What we got that did actually work
  • How to do it

My boss tried to get out of this, she really did.  She tried every possible way to get out of it.   She hates brushing my teeth… and I hate having them brushed.

The funny thing is that the evil new puppy she brought home doesn’t seem to mind.  (I assure you though, this is the ONLY way that she’s better than me!)  I suspect it’s because the new puppy started off right away getting her teeth brush and the boss really didn’t do it to me until I was older.  You know… the old “can’t teach an old dog new tricks” saying.  It’s true because old dogs don’t want to have to get used to new things.

Why Dog Teeth Brushing Is Important
People teeth are just like dog teeth.  Brushing them does the same thing for us that it does for you.

  • Health – if you don’t brush your dog’s teeth, they’ll get covered with bacteria that can cause all kinds of problems.  Does this sound healthy?
  • It keeps them from going “bad”.  I actually had a tooth that rotted so badly that it had to be pulled.  I sure felt better after, but the boss kept asking me if I was worth the cost.   (I’m pretty sure she was joking though because she sometimes thinks she’s funny.  I think she’s wrong.)
  • Everyone complains when a dog has bad breath… doesn’t it make sense that if brush your dog’s teeth it will help?
  • The older the dogs gets, the bigger of an issue it is if their teeth are bad.  At some point they will likely need their teeth cleaned by the vet if you never brush them.  This can be expensive.

What We Tried… And Failed

  • We still get treats that say they can replace dog teeth brushing, but when we asked the vet if it was true, she laughed… a lot and said we still had to brush them.
  • Rubber bone with bristles – This is a big blue rubber bone that has toothbrush like bristles on one end.  In theory, it’s like getting my teeth brushed when I chew on it, but… it only took the evil puppy about 5 minutes to tear it apart and start to eat it.  She does that a lot.
  • Three sided dog toothbrush – This didn’t really work.  You have to put too much pressure on the brush (and the dog teeth) to get the brush around the tooth on all three sides.
  • Electric brush – Yes, the boss actually did spend money on this.  No, it doesn’t work.
Would you use this to brush dog teeth?

 

Here Is What Actually Did Work
The boss did eventually accept the fact that there wasn’t a shortcut and she would have to jump into the exciting world of dog teeth brushing.  She broke down and got a regular, plain, normal dog toothbrush and surprise… it worked.

Here are a few examples of the basic dog toothbrushes:

  • Long handled toothbrush
  • Finger toothbrush
  • Finger toothbrush glove

Long Handled Toothbrush
This works pretty well.  The only thing that you have to watch out for is the long handle.  It’s too easy to push the toothbrush too far… which results in jabbing me in the cheek or the back of the throat.

Finger Toothbrush
We like this one too.  It gives you more control (and I don’t get jabbed by the handle).  One thing you have to be careful of is letting it slip off your finger.

Finger Toothbrush Glove
This is actually our favorite dog toothbrush.  It gives the boss more control and she can more easily tell what she’s actually brushing.

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You have a dog.  You are responsible for that dog.   That means you are responsible for the dog teeth… brushing them is part of the package that you have to deal with.  There is no way around it.   We’ve shown you the stuff that works and the stuff that doesn’t work.  Next it’s time to talk about the actual dog teeth brushing.

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47 December 9, 2011

Yup, cheapo $2 dog toothbrush is way better than the electric dog toothbrushes. I have not yet met a dog who was big on vibrations. Just ask a groomer! Just FYI, C.E.T. is one of the best toothpastes out there—ask your vet. :)

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