Al LOVES this toothpaste. It's cat-poop or dead-earthworm flavor. The fingertip brush is easier to use. I'll try the human electric brush; I've been ineffectual with the dog toothbrush. Maybe I'll try the dog toothpaste myself; if they like it so much, cat poop might not be so bad...
Mouth chemistry varies. Gwynnie's teeth stay clean. AL's get dirty and smelly.
John....the cat poop flavor will go over big here!
Tenley....I just had Katie's teeth cleaned. $296...that also included the testing to make sure she could handle being knocked out, she is 9. Max has his appointment on 9/9. I have tried something in the drinking water but only 2 of the cats would drink the water, the other one would drink out of anything soaking in the sink. Both dogs either tried the pond or a small water garden I have. I need to come up with another idea. I saw what it did to one of my cats...bless him. He suffered from heart disease because of it and we could do nothing about removing his teeth because he could not handle the surgery due to the heart disease.
My first doggie love-of-my-life, Angel, was a Shetland Sheepdog. She had awful teeth and horribly rancid breath, because I never took care of them (I was only 9 when I got her). She lived to be nearly 13, when she developed Congestive Heart Failure. If you know anything about this disease, it's a horrible, slow death sentence. Turns out it may have been caused by her tooth decay... dental health is directly linked to the dog's overall health. It hurts my heart that it may have been prevented had I taken better care of her teeth... So long story short, YES, take care of your dogs teeth. I'll always make sure Bowie has clean, healthy teeth... plus it's more pleasant for you when they give you a kiss!
Totally necessary, and totally possible. I brush Mishka's teeth every night - only takes a couple minutes now that he's used to the routine.
I use a cheap kid's toothbrush and toothpaste from my vet. I have to hold his mouth steady and his lips out of the way, which I did too forcefully at first and he struggled a lot. The trick for us was to not grip so hard - I sit next to him, let him smell the toothpaste, then gently hold his mouth open, without pushing my face or body in front of him. He still moves his tongue and jaw a bit but holds his head still for me. Good-tasting toothpaste is a big incentive. :)
Just so you guys know the OP posted this in 2008...