Dental Health: How to Brush Your Pet's Teeth

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    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.

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    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.

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    Zeek screams at the sight of nail clippers. Tyrion lets out one pee squirt when it’s teeth time. Quite humorous actually.

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    JILL N

    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.

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    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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