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Thought this might be a good topic.
Hoss is 3.....during a recent check up.....vet gave instructions to brush his teeth more.
Day 3 of brushing....hoss seems to like the taste of the toothpaste. Me I will have to work on this ...seems ackward....who else is a brusher.....

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Just a word of warning...you should't use people toothpaste to brush your dog's teeth. Some toothpastes contain xylitol as a sweetener, which is highly toxic to dogs, causing a crash in blood sugar levels and possibly severe liver damage.

Xylitol can be found in other food products too; it is the sweetener used in sugar-free chewing gum, for example. Only one piece of gum could be a potentially toxic dose for a 10 pound dog...That means less than one pack of gum could be enough to poison our dobes.


https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/pe...onous-to-dogs/

https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions...litol_toxicity
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Just a word of warning...you should't use people toothpaste to brush your dog's teeth. Some toothpastes contain xylitol as a sweetener, which is highly toxic to dogs, causing a crash in blood sugar levels and possibly severe liver damage.

Xylitol can be found in other food products too; it is the sweetener used in sugar-free chewing gum, for example. Only one piece of gum could be a potentially toxic dose for a 10 pound dog...That means less than one pack of gum could be enough to poison our dobes.


https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/pe...onous-to-dogs/

https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions...litol_toxicity



Naaa....it was a sample that the vet sent home with me...so I would get started with the brushing.so I am using doggie paste...but thanks for that tid bit.......so do you brush ?
What about others...do ya?

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What Mel said^^^

Xylitol is a common sweetener in peanut butter, which is often fed to Dobes as a treat (like in Kongs).

It would take a lot of Xylitol to take down a 80 lb. Dobe. A pup... not much.

Another article: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-p...xicity-in-dogs

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What Mel said^^^

Xylitol is a common sweetener in peanut butter, which is often fed to Dobes as a treat (like in Kongs).

It would take a lot of Xylitol to take down a 80 lb. Dobe. A pup... not much.

Another article: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-p...xicity-in-dogs

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Should have specified....geez.........but I am using sample dog toothpaste sent home with me by my vet. I am just promoting dental care and curious as to folks that actually do this regularly.
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Yes Di I brush both our dogs teeth - I TRY - to do it every other day - but

I do have a funny on this subject - the first time I did any of our dober's - they bit down on the bush and took off on me - then would drop the brush and lick it - Kasia - I had a heck of a time getting it back from her -

The back ones - I focus more on .
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I never brushed Cocos teeth and they were always in good shape with no tartar. I and her vet always attributed it to raw feeding.

Even on Cocos last day with us when the vet came to our house to send her on her journey, she commented on her beautiful, clean, white teeth!



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I brush Zeus's teeth! I used to brush them every day when he was younger because I wanted him to get used to it... but I've been slacking. I probably get to it once a week now... I need to do better!

When we were treating Zeus for a broken tooth, the veterinary dentist gave me samples of some some of enzymatic toothpaste, but he hated the taste of it and brushing became an unpleasant chore, so I switched back to a regular dog toothpaste... I think it's Nylabone brand or something. Apparently it tastes better cuz he loves it.
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every week all my dogs go to the spa (my bedroom) ears cleaned, nails Dremel, and teeth brushed.
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every week all my dogs go to the spa (my bedroom) ears cleaned, nails Dremel, and teeth brushed.
That is my routine except in our sunroom where the light is good. Sometimes I do teeth twice a week. Now I am dremeling Miley's nails every 3 days to get them short again because my friend was not able to dremel them from a long time so they only got done when she went to the groomer. UGH! Want them short!
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Mocha had beautiful white teeth when she was young but before her third birthday, I noticed she was starting to get a little stain on them so I took her to our vet who offers 50% off during February for teeth cleaning, and did the same again the next year and this year as well. Just minor staining each time but this time the vet did tell me I need to get with the program and start brushing Mocha's teeth...so we've been slowly getting her used to it, bit by bit. We'll see how it works out LOL.

As for dremeling, I do that every 4-5 days but can not get those nails short...the quick is always in the same spot and won't recede for me. I can tell when I get too close and don't want to push it and end up hurting Mocha so as of right now, I'm basically keeping them from growing too long.



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The dog I started brushing teeth on was my Australian Shepherd--Aussies have notoriously not so good teeth. So he got his teeth brushed (and I didn't use anything except the brush--no doggy tooth paste) He lived to almost 13--never needed dental work, had shiny white teeth his entire life. The vets who saw him over the years were always impressed. I was pretty good about brushing his teeth every other day.

The Dobes, who as a breed usually have good teeth--always have bones to chew on which helps keep their teeth clean and I brush them when I bathe them which for dogs who a being shown is before every show--for the rest of them they get their teeth brushed when they get bathed or if I see a hint of tarter I'll brush them when I do nails (weekly).

All the dogs get bones all their lives. All the dogs get their teeth brushed sometimes and without doggy toothpaste (which usually has some sort of additive to help dissolve and remove beginning plaque and tarter--per my vets) but I make sure I am using either a toothbrush made for pets or a child's soft human tooth brush. Dogs teeth are softer that humun teeth and using stiff brushes can create additional wear.

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I don't brush Newtie's teeth. He's got a thing about stuff going into his mouth. He will fight me like I'm trying to stick a red hot poker in there! Which is weird because he never fought them checking his mouth when we showed. It must just be having an object that he doesn't like. He chews on lots of bones and dental chews so we're OK for now. The vet actually complimented me on his teeth during our last check up.

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I’m not a brushed....I know I should but I just never think about it.

If your up for it raw bones can really help get some of that hard tartar off. IMO beef rib bones are thes best as weight bearing bones I.e. femurs can break teeth, raw chicken bones won’t do much for the teeth and just say no to pork!
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Mocha had beautiful white teeth when she was young but before her third birthday, I noticed she was starting to get a little stain on them so I took her to our vet who offers 50% off during February for teeth cleaning, and did the same again the next year and this year as well. Just minor staining each time but this time the vet did tell me I need to get with the program and start brushing Mocha's teeth...so we've been slowly getting her used to it, bit by bit. We'll see how it works out LOL.

As for dremeling, I do that every 4-5 days but can not get those nails short...the quick is always in the same spot and won't recede for me. I can tell when I get too close and don't want to push it and end up hurting Mocha so as of right now, I'm basically keeping them from growing too long.
From what I understand you have to get right up to the quick to get it to recede, but it doesn’t stay back for long. You could try doing it every 2-3 days and get as close as you can.
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Raw fed dogs for over two decades. All have had shiny white teeth throughout their life with no brushing or treatments. 14 was my oldest at death. Boon, at 6, has gorgeous white teeth, no deposits at all. Every year at his liver check up at NCSU Vet School, they marvel at his teeth.

I have literally seen hundreds of dogs in the vet clinic very sick from bad teeth that owners do not do anything about. Some very bad illness can result from bad teeth. If you feed dog food, teeth maintenance is imperative.

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Hoss is 3 ......and we just started brushing this week.
I have been doing it daily.....1 big tooth at at time........he seems to like it....he likes the taste of the vet’s sample that she sent home with us.
So I will keep on with this process........

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