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Old 04-01-2005, 06:22 PM   #11
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I sure am grateful to have such caring people to advise me. You surely are dog lovers and I can tell by the way you write you want what is BEST for them. Thank you. I really must be worried as I keep checking to see what responses you all have and knowing that I could prevent some future heartache makes all the difference. Related to taking the kids to school and hoping they fit in is similar to choice I will make. This vet has put down some of my best friends and always does it with concern for my feelings. Times I have come to office and he just woke up from staying overnite with some dog. He has couch in his office that he sleeps on. If only a doctor I have would do that for me! He has so many cats that someone must have wanted to give up and he kept it. I think if they are so old they won't get adopted hence he takes them. Has about 6-7 of them and that is the ones I see. The dogs must all get adopted. I will just exercise my faith and trust the doctor and his decision and that is all I can do. Thanks for your understanding and time.

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Old 04-01-2005, 10:04 PM   #12
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I've been doing some reading on this and you should get your pets teeth cleaned regularly. Yes there is always risk of something happening but your dog could die if it gets an infection and it travels to its heart etc. My American Eskimo will be having its teeth cleaned on Tuesday.

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Old 04-02-2005, 07:18 AM   #13
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I think dogs and cats, our beloved pets should be able to be on our medical insurance. I have never had my older dogs teeth cleaned and she is 12 now but has very bad breath. She is a large lab. I feed my 2 dogs and 2 cats dry food and have canned cat food for the cat treats and chew bones for dog treats. I'm sure I should have their teeth cleaned, especially the older cat and dog. I can't see doing it on a regular bases tho,Like every six months.
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Old 04-02-2005, 08:10 AM   #14
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Old 04-02-2005, 10:44 AM   #15
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I have two pugs. One is a rescue about 9 years old and the other is a 3 year old. To my knowledge, neither of them have ever had their teeth cleaned. I brush their teeth w/ doggie toothpaste on a regular basis though. I honestly dont want them to get their teeth cleaned by a doctor because I am nevervous of complications, especially for the older one. He always have various minor health issues.

If you don't have a vet clean their teeth, maybe you can just brush on a regular basis. It won't be as clean as the vet, but it sure beats nothing. Also give your dog hard things to chew on, I've heard that's good for their teeth. I avoid soft dog food for that very reason.
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Old 04-02-2005, 04:02 PM   #16
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i just had my 8 year old cats teeth cleaned and he was fine. he came home more energetic and stated eating more and gaining some weight he's lost.
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Old 04-02-2005, 05:50 PM   #17
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Our dog, an Australian Shephard is 5 yrs. old and at her 4 yr. checkup the vet recommended she have her teeth cleaned. It is pretty expensive, like around $100, and my husband felt he could just begin brushing them himself. She is more his dog than mine and will likely tolerate new things better when he tries them with her. Anyhow, he began using just a very small amount of toothpaste and brushing for a very short time in the beginning. Now he is able to use a standard amount of toothpaste as with an adult in a reasonable amount of time to brush, and her teeth look wonderful. He brushes them about three times a week. She tolerates it very well. We just use regular people toothpaste, like Crest whitening or whatever. We think it's a ripoff to buy special doggie toothpaste. We also just use a somewhat worn adult toothbrush. Now, our daughter has a 10 yr. old bassett hound and her vet strongly recommended that his teeth be cleaned. This was done, but the day following the procedure and the anesthesia, the dog had a small stroke with a very droopy/dry eye. The vet said it was not a reaction to the anesthesia, but we think it just about had to have been. So, my feeling would be that, if possible, you introduce your dogs to the tooth brushing experience yourself and see how that goes before heading off to the vet. We do, however, think that good dental health is important for dogs, just as it is for humans. Good luck.
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:03 AM   #18
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Dove is going in very soon to have hers cleaned. She will be 8 at the end of this month. The blood test is extra and is opitional but it is a very good idea to have it done first. It will tell a lot about your pets health and if it is safe to have the teeth cleaned. That is important to keep up just as much as having yours or your childs teeteh cleaned.Trust your vet..


Dry food helps but does not do the job well enough. I lost my 16 year old Yorkie to liver failure and problems that come with poor dental hygene.

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Dove: all went well. Thankful they all made it! One had two teeth pulled, other had one tooth pulled and one with diabetes has liver problem. He is concerned about the diabetic one with liver due to what the blood test showed. She developed diabetes when only 6 years old, now going on 9. I realize the expense involved in how I feel about all this but if you love your dog you will do what you would do for yourself. As you said, blood test extra and that is what showed liver problem. Said he had to administer fluids before he did the procedure. He did not seem worried because he knows he doesn't want to worry me. Taking care of them the best way I can afford is satisfying to me. They are such friends to me. Part of health to take care of the teeth. Doctor said bad teeth can affect other parts of your body. One of my friends told me they don't even go to dentist for themselves much less the dog. This only shows how ignorant people can be about their health. The doctor told me to bring the diabetic dog back next week for another liver test. I have to realize with diabetes there is nothing anyone can do. Thanks for all your time and interest. My dogs and I all thank you. Meant so much to me.
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:40 AM   #19
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Don't know whether this will help, hope so: after the last time I had the cat's teeth cleaned the vet talked me into a powdered toothpaste and ribbed rubber finger tip (like they use for counting money accurately). He was against cleaning routinely done under anaesthetic because of the possibility of things going wrong. I have to tell you I've yet to use it (cat's teeth are so sharp especially trying it with an older cat for the first time!) Instead I have given her chicken wings more often and switched to an 'oral care' biscuit. What I am trying to say is, I think a dog would be easier to do and maybe a good pet store or another vet stocks a similar item?
It's a hard one isn't it because they do say that tooth decay can lead to heart problems, as in humans. Can your dogs eat bones at all? they're usually good tooth cleaners.
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:53 AM   #20
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Bridget is 11 1/2 and just had her teeth cleaned. Our vet does a blood test on all dogs over 7 and will not proceed if results indicate a health problem. Poor teeth can cause other problems, so I'd have the cleaning done annually if your dog's health permits.

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