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Need advice regarding teeth cleaning

PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:50 am
by morewineplease
Hi all. I have been a bad dog mommy. I was noticing that Ruger's breath smelled a little funky and I started examining his teeth and saw that one had brown on it. I lightly brushed it but it wouldn't come off. Sent a pic to my vet and she said Ruger needs his teeth cleaned and that one tooth has a little gingivitis indicating infection, hence the smell. She's out of the office until Tuesday when she'll call me.

I'm afraid about getting his teeth cleaned because don't they put the dogs under for that? That scares me. Before he had this issue, I was considering doing the non-anesthetic teeth cleaning that I'd been reading about, but now that he has an issue with his tooth and possible infection, I don't know if that's an option.

Does anyone have experience with this? I want to have an idea of my options before I talk to the vet.

Thanks.

Re: Need advice regarding teeth cleaning

PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:42 am
by Cici
i don't like the idea of putting them under either, but it is better than having gum disease or losing their teeth. Here is a good article. I am sure he will be just fine!

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/he ... aning.aspx

Re: Need advice regarding teeth cleaning

PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:15 pm
by morewineplease
Cici wrote:
i don't like the idea of putting them under either, but it is better than having gum disease or losing their teeth. Here is a good article. I am sure he will be just fine!

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/he ... aning.aspx


Thanks Cici's mom! I did do some searching on the internet and there are, of course, so many varying opinions. I respect Dr. Becker and her opinions but hadn't read her thoughts on the matter, so that was a very helpful link.

A different vet (at Ruger's regular vet's office) took a look at the tooth and said she wouldn't necessarily do the cleaning since it was just the one tooth and the rest of the teeth look fine. She said brushing might eventually take some of the tartar off. But if there is some underlying issue, I'm not sure I want to risk not doing a tooth cleaning. :/

Re: Need advice regarding teeth cleaning

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:14 pm
by Kelley
Could you buy a tooth scraper and do it your self?

Re: Need advice regarding teeth cleaning

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:28 am
by Joe in North Bay Ca
Kelley wrote:
Could you buy a tooth scraper and do it your self?


What a novel idea!

If there's a strange smell, it could be a lip fold infection. To test take a finger and rub the lower lip around the fold and see if that smell gets on your finger.

Try raw chicken wings, now if your dog can't eat chicken just try one raw complete wing as the processed chicken in kibble is different.

Joe