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    Tuna Breath...Hound Halitosis - What Can You Do?
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    AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
    Bernadine Cruz, DVM posted:
    Sadly, dental disease is a rampant problem for pets. It is estimated that over 40% of cats and dogs over 4 years of age have some degree of dental disease. Bad teeth not only are a source of stinky breath, they can act as the source of bacteria that can adversely affect the entire body...liver, kidneys, joints and the heart muscle.

    Pets periodically need to have their teeth cleaned. How often is a function of diet, genetics and a bit of luck. You can increase the luck factor by getting your pet used to having its teeth brushed at home.

    PetDental.com provides pointers on how to determine whether or not your pet has dental disease and gives you suggestion for home care. There is even some great activities for kids.

    Down with tuna breath...up with pet toothbrushes!
    Dr. Bernadine
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    CANDYISATHOME responded:
    HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO BRUSH A SMALL DOGS TEETH? iT' WORSE THAN GIVING A BATH TO YOUR PET THAT HATES GETTING WET. ANY IDEA HOW TO GO ABOUT BRUSHING THEIR TEETH WITHOUT HURTING YOUR BABY OR YOURSELF ? I'D APPRECIATE ANY HELP. MY PET WEIGHS ONLY 10 POUNDS BUT SHE SCRIMS LIKE A WORM.

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    CANDYISATHOME
     
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    shellybeau replied to CANDYISATHOME's response:
    Hi Candyisathome,
    I am having the same challenge as you as far as brushing my little one's teeth. I try so hard, but he has a bad neck and back and I fear I'll aggravate his existing condition(s). I still try to do it like it's a treat, but he's not buy it. I purchased some spray dog tooth freshener, but he's just as freaked about that. His teeth quickly end up with plaque. I've been having them cleaned every 6 months, but he's getting too old to continue with the anesthesia for dental cleanings. Good luck to you, and please let me know if you come up with some miracle idea or suggestion from site responders!
     
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    Lexi1234 replied to shellybeau's response:
    To Candyisathome and Shellybeau:

    I put my Shih Tzu on her back on a pillow and tell her to be a good girl and she will get a special treat. I find this the easiest way to do her teeth, and have done them for years. I try to do them 3 times a week. I use a tooth brush and paste especially for dogs and use water. I go over the teeth, but very important to do the gums in a circle lightly. If there is any tartar on the teeth, I have a dentist pick which she is now used to and scrape it off gently. My vet showed me how to do this. There are also wipes you can get for pet's teeth at Walmart and these are good if you can't brush their teeth. I use these from time to time, in the same position, on her back. Just use treats, treats, treats and praise!!! By the way, she has never had to have her teeth cleaned at the vet. She is 11. Hope this helps.
     
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    DogloverIam replied to Lexi1234's response:
    I agree with Lexi1234 that once they are used to it you will have no trouble and I too do it with them on their back. My yorkie is only 2 1/2 pounds and does just great with her brushings. I use novadent on a guaze daily on her teeth and gums. She excepted it after roughly the 4th try and after about a month of that I introduced the brushing which I do 2-3 times a week. Zoey is small but I found a toothbrush at petsmart that was small enough for her but big enough in size to do the right job. She likes the vanilla toothpaste best. Try different flavors, I found it to help with her fidigiting in the beginning.
    Good luck to you.
     
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    oma76 replied to CANDYISATHOME's response:
    HI ,I KNOW WHAT YOU NEAN, MY TOY POODLE, WANDS TO BITE ME EVERY TIME. BUT NOW THEY HAVE SOME THING , FOR DOGS TEET, A SPRAY, YOU BUY AT 1-800-PET.COM


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