Dr. Sheldon Rubin, speaking for the American Veterinary Medical Association, gives easy, step-by-step instructions on how to teach a dog or cat to accept a daily tooth brushing.
Boone is twelve, been trying to brush his teeth since his first day here at 9 weeks. Same goes with nails. You’d think we were killing him.
Zeek screams at the sight of nail clippers. Tyrion lets out one pee squirt when it’s teeth time. Quite humorous actually.
No need to brush Titan’s teeth. Regular chomping on bones keeps his teeth plaque-free and really white. Now nails… he’s not a fan but will tolerate clipping if he gets to play in the bathtub afterward.
Tried that, 2 visits to emergency vet for gastrointestinal upset, pain, bowel obstruction. Visit to regular vet for broken tooth (not a clean break) required an extraction under general anesthesia.
Plus it’s a myth that bones clean teeth, not true and not worth the risk.
PS: About the nail clipping, some dogs tolerate it, and with other dogs it is best to have a vet tech do it every couple of months. Usually they don’t charge that much if you are a regular client.
I find if dogs are walked/run on pavement at least 20 minutes per day it will decrease the need and frequency for nail clippings.
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