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Healthy Teeth
« on: December 08, 2018, 10:47:23 PM »
Hi everyone

I more of a serial lurker than a frequent contributor but Iím looking for some advice or perhaps reassurance.

Monty will be 11 in early March. He had his annual service / inoculation visit to vet last week.

He was declared fit and very well for his age but I did get a bit of a grilling over the plaque on his teeth which has made me feel dreadful.

Heís never been a chewer, heís had an antler thingy for about 6 years and just uses it to drop on my toes!  Heís fed dry food but I do confess, when as a puppy he chewed and made it difficult for me to actually brush his teeth, I took the easy option and stopped trying.....

Vet has said that as heís fit and well, sheíd like to clean his teeth under general anaesthetic to prevent any issues in his old age.

Iím worried about the GA at his age. Vet has said whilst thereís risk itís no greater with a dog his age.  No amount of brushing / chewing on bones will remove the plaque now.

Do I just get it done? Cost is £350 which isnít an issue.

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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2018, 02:09:27 PM »
My oldest girl, who went to the bridge at nearly 14, started to get ulcers when she was around 11 and they were due to plaque build up on her teeth irritating the gum and mouth tissues. She was never a chewer but we had her teeth cleaned under GA and started to give her a chicken wing each day which did keep her teeth clean. We tried the special dog toothpaste but she hated it. If the cost is not an issue, then I'd suggest take the vet's advice. We did not get any other mouth/teeth issues at all with Jodie during her remaining years.

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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2018, 04:44:09 PM »
Thanks Sgurr, thatís all I needed to read.

Heís booked in for Friday 14th.

I will make a concerted effort with brushing and encourage some chewing with him post this treatment.

Iím a terrible worrier and been so lucky that to date heís only had two GAs before, one for neutering and the other for ophthalmic concern but these were both years ago. Since then weíve been lucky to just have the annual check ups.

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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2018, 09:30:17 PM »
Hiya,

Hollie is 9 & her teeth arenít great,like Monty she objects to brushing & doesnít  have a strong jaw, pigs ears are her limit.  I use csj seaweed & parsley to help but they are not great.

Iím brushing Kensiís every other day with a brush & tooth paste from the vets & she is happy to let me, been doing it since we collected her.  She also has chicken wings 3 times a week so 🤞

I know ga is always a worry but if heís fit & healthy all will be ok  ;D
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Re: Healthy Teeth
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2018, 08:20:09 AM »
We are lucky that we have used a toothbrush from a young age so no problems there. We feed raw food so he gets a bone just about everyday. All his teeth are lovely and clean...I think itís mainly the bones he has to chew...

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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2018, 05:35:35 PM »
Delighted to report that Monty has bounced back from his dental procedure under GA yesterday.

Vet reported that his teeth are in excellent condition under the plaque and so no need for any extractions.

Iíve got the toothpaste to try to get in the habit of doing that now.

Iíll also try him on chicken wings. Heís already on the CSJ seaweed and parsley herbs.

As is usual he made me feel very bad for abandoning him at the vet by refusing all offers of food from the lovely nurse doing his recovery and aftercare. I brought him home and though he was a bit wobbly and dopey last night, he did eat some salmon!

Once again, thanks for the advice, encouragement and allaying my fears.

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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2018, 10:03:07 AM »
Morning,

Glad to hear all good with Monty :love4:  Great news that his teeth are all good too ;D

I got Kensi an antler the other day as she loves chewing her nylbones but they were starting to break.  I was going to get her a tougher one of those but after speaking with a few people I decided to try it.  Iíve heard they are good for teeth but was worried about her teeth breaking if she tried to chomp it but she just gnaws it ;D. I know she has strong teeth judging how easy she chomps through the chicken wings.

If you have not given Monty a wing before Iíd advise that you just hold onto the end as heís eating it to ensure that he crunches it all. ;D
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Re: Healthy Teeth
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2018, 02:58:53 PM »
Sorry I'm so late to this thread, but I'm delighted to hear that Monty has bounced back and that he's got lovely shiny teeth to show for his day at the vets.

I have given Harvey the CSJ seaweed and parsley for years and I am sure it has helped, and also used to clean his teeth when he'd allow me and if his ear wasn't sore.  He's not had his teeth cleaned for months, since the flare-up with his ear,  and they do look like old man's teeth now, but they are probably the least of his worries!
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Re: Healthy Teeth
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2018, 08:36:11 PM »
We have never brushed Finn's teeth and according to the vet they are very healthy, but we do give him antlers which he loves and he gets a Dentastix every night before bed.  I'm assuming they help?

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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2018, 09:04:26 PM »
I understand Antlers help but I think Dentastix are a bit of a con.
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Re: Healthy Teeth
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2018, 04:38:16 PM »
You could be right about Dentastix but how are we  going to stop giving Finn his evening "crisps"????

Thinking about brushing his teeth, but I'm not convinced he needs it - how can you tell?

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Re: Healthy Teeth
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2018, 05:22:58 PM »
Neither Harry nor Sam before him liked dentastixs, someone gave Harry the 'spongy' type ones & all he did was spread it all over floor... You'll see stain building up on the back teeth , before the front ones, I clean Harrys with a brush, tho as he matures, there's days when the humour is tested a bit. He gets a bit annoyed, but not too much.
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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2018, 06:43:36 PM »
Iím not saying donít give him them, I just donít think they do anything to help keep the teeth clean.  Hollie has a misfit denta stick every morning but just a treat  :023

Donít deprive Finn of his crisps  :023
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Re: Healthy Teeth
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2018, 10:30:15 PM »
Monty has an antler but only uses it to drop on my toes when I have bare feet. He has never really gnawed on it, heís just not a chewy dog.

Iíve got him the recommended enzymatic toothpaste.  He does already have the CSJ seaweed and parsley sprinkles in his food.

He was back at vet for check up today and actually he was back to normal the day after the teeth cleaning procedure but has now been signed off.

Iíve still to get him some chicken wings.

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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2018, 02:36:09 PM »
Thatís excellent news 
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