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Tooth brushing
  • brscrnsbrscrns
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    Just curious as to how many of you clean your dog's teeth. If you do, do you use a tooth brush or the rubber finger? Also how often do you do it?
  • mattzmattz
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    We just bought a teeth cleaning kit for Etsuko the other day, but we have yet to use it. It came with both the toothbrush and the rubber finger brush.

    Do you clean your dogs teeth? How did it go your first time round?

    I'm interested in how most dogs take a teeth brushing, I'll let you know how it goes with Etsuko!
  • Our pup is a little over 4 months old and we just started brushing her teeth everday. Since she is teething and has already lost a few teeth i think she enjoys it.


    We have the same kit that includes a little rubber finger and toothbrush (have not used the brush so far). Everday for a few minutes my wife or I will brush her coat and teeth followed by playtime.
  • brscrnsbrscrns
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    Kuma and Kitsune don't like to have their teeth cleaned so I don't do it. When I take them to the vet, I have her check out their teeth and she says they look fine. I give Kuma and Kitsune a dental chew once a week, so I guess they do a good job of cleaning. They also chew on large nylabones.
  • atlasatlas
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    I brushed Mitsu's teeth for the first time last weekend. I started with my finger, just letting her taste the toothpaste. Then I rubbed her teeth with my finger alone. A couple of days ago I used the finger brush and she did very well with it. I have read that it's best to do it every other day or so, but Mitsu gets a lot of chews that help with plaque, so I think we will probably do it once a week.
  • KunuKunu
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    I just brushed Kunu's teeth for the first time tonight. He's almost 7 months old and had really stinky breath so probably should have done it earlier, but anyways.

    Is it safe for him to swallow the toothpaste? I'm using Virbac, animal health, enzymatic toothpaste.

    he really seemed to enjoy it actually, the toothpaste says its poultry flavored and doesn't say anything about not swallowing it but doesn't say can swallow it either. He seemed to be just trying to eat / lick the toothpaste during the operation.
  • I clean Nouki his teeth every 3 days with a toothbrush... we're still practising
  • Oooh on Hachi's 10th or 11th week her little mouth was reeking. It was unbearable:(
    I bought this dentadog toothpaste that came with a toothbrush. She finds it yummy.. I haven't brushed her teeth again though since I think she will loose her baby teeth anyway. I guess that's stinking thinking:)
    She does get these dentie green bones and loves to chew on it and eat it.

    About the doggy breath..I stopped giving her the food she got from the breeder. Now I feed her chicken flavor Eukaneba & Duck brand raw meat. I think we might go raw. Her poopies are even smaller. I also gave her pineapple so she would stop eating her poop. That worked for permanent solution. I placed my cat's fishy flavor food on a high place where Hachi can't reach it.. I also once in a while give her a hard bone marrow beef bone. I leave a little bit of meat on it. Gosh these dogs can get really possessive with their bone. So my husband practices taking it away from her and giving it back so she wont be possesive. I also make sure to deworm her every month. These are all the changes I did.. I have no clue what worked, but now she has nice doggy breath that smells like fresh spring air. She has no smell at all.. To be honest I worried at first that she might have something wrong in her tummy as her breath was unbearable, but no.
    Post edited by Hachi0406 at 2010-10-01 11:29:09
  • velvetkatvelvetkat
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    Hachi FYI I used to give my pup marrow bones which he just loved and was very possessive of and when we went to the vet one time the vet told us to be careful with the marrow bones as they are so hard and the dogs tend to break their back teeth. This vet is a very well known dental vet so Im inclined to listen to him. We did away with the marrow bones which probably was a good idea anyway since he was so possessive and we added another Shiba to the family.
  • Ok! Oh boy! So the denty bones it will be then.
    What type of bones are better to use? She loves them:) Chicken bones? She's not too passionate about those bones from the petshop.
    Post edited by Hachi0406 at 2010-10-01 11:23:13
  • nikkit585nikkit585
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    I have one of those toothbrush kits for Kiyomi as well. She's only 5 1/2 months old, so I've been brushing her teeth at least once a week since we got her. I started with a lil bit of the toothpaste on my finger and let her get used to the taste of it. Then we moved to the finger in the mouth part for a few days until she got used to that. She has adapted pretty well to the toothbrush from the finger brush. I just hold onto her collar from under her neck and hold her muzzle in my hand while I brush her teeth. She pretty much just spends the whole minute or so trying to find a way to either just eat the toothpaste or chew the toothbrush. I just brushed them tonight, but the next time I brush them, I'll take a video and post it up here. ::)
  • Adonia1986Adonia1986
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    I gave Sakura a denta bone a few days ago.... if your pup has mostly white paws... they will be tinted green. At least it is a good way to get them into the st.patricks day spirit... :) (By the way, she LOVED it)Stefanie & Sakura Twin Cities - MN
  • hiropuppyhiropuppy
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    we recently got hiro a finger toothbrush, since it was pet dental month in feb and there was a sale... just ordered some vanilla mint something or other toothpaste, which should arrive today! we practiced a little bit of brushing and i think he liked it... he also really just wanted to chew on the brush, possibly because he's teething like crazy? he's about 5 months old now... and i wish i had started earlier, just so he would get used to it. his teeth are pretty clean to begin with, and he gets a raw chicken or turkey neck every other week or so for a cleaning.
  • CaliaCalia
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  • shibahiroshibahiro
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  • SangmortSangmort
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    Our boys eat raw...raw meaty bones...cleans their teeth well enough for me! :) ~
  • OH! Where do you guys get the finger things?
  • cjcbcjcb
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  • knnwangknnwang
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    Ratchet is 17 weeks, I been cleaning his teeth about once every 2 weeks. I get him into the administer med position (him in the sit position with me right behind him with one hand holding his chest/lower neck.) I then squeeze a glob of doggy tooth paste into his mouth; as soon as he starts to chew/lick I go for it with a soft bristle toothbrush.
  • esiepielaesiepiela
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    I haven't tried bushing Zach's teeth yet. We give him bully sticks and so far that seems to be keeping his teeth nice and clean. Although he is only 3 months old and hasn't lost his baby teeth yet.
    I tried bushing our other dog's teeth (he has passed away in August) but he hated it no matter what I tried...before he passed away our vet had actually recommended we put him under to have his teeth cleaned. He ended up getting sick so we never did it.
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  • curlytailscurlytails
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  • redcattooredcattoo
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    Just bumping as this came up in an intro thread and it reminded me how important this could be long term.

    So I have always worked with Bear on letting me stick my fingers in his mouth and play with his gums. We have given Bear antlers, hooves, dental chews ect, but until today never tried actually brushing his teeth.

    Our first attempts, Bear was great, I was terrible. I had a puppy toothbrush that covers all three sides of the teeth supposedly. I found this very awkward to try to use as keeping his mouth open wasn't the easiest as his tongue moved around.

    I am going to try the baby/kids human toothbrush idea as I think that will be easier as I can do the outer sides of his teeth without him needing to hold open his mouth.

    I tried it by him sitting in front of me with my legs around the sides of him. He was very patient actually with my attempts and I quit before he got too annoyed with me awkwardly trying to use the toothbrush. I did put the toothpaste also on my finger and tried to rub it along his teeth, so first attempt not great, but I think we can get to where the process won't be too bad to do on a regular basis.

    His teeth look great, but I don't want the long term effects that years and years of buildup can create, so I know I need to start now adding brushing into the other dental chews we use.
  • curlytailscurlytails
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  • BitiBeaBitiBea
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  • MikoMiko
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    I use a regular tooth brush with some rubber bristles on the side. It seems to work pretty good. Miko doesn't mind it, he just loves to lick the toothpaste lol. I cant get the insides of the teeth as he wont keep his mouth open, but i do get to brush the outside of his teeth.
  • redcattooredcattoo
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    Thanks everyone for sharing how you do it. On my list is the drug store for a toothbrush for Bear that is a small normal one. I know this will be a good habit to start. As Bear gets older I have noticed he is more willing to accept the things that just are (ie nail clipping, brushing, toe checks, ect) than when he was young. I am not sure I could have effectively started this when he was younger without a lot of resistance and dislike.
  • MikoMiko
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    @redcattoo something that works for me is, sitting side by side with Miko with my arm around him. Sort of like hugging, i hold his muzzle with the arm that's around him and with my free hand i work the toothbrush. This is the only way to do it without him moving around too much and it works for about half a minute lol. Maybe you can try it this way.
  • JuniJuni
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    I also think baby toothbrush is the easiest to use. I am not good at remembering it and feel bad for waking her up at night to do it because I usually remember while I brush mine but by then she's in bed already so it only happens once in a while. There's an awful lot of tongue in the way and head moving and jerking but as soon as I remove the brush she comes up to me for more so she must enjoy it somehow.
  • redcattooredcattoo
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    I am hoping to make it a morning habit. Typically when I get up and start my morning Bear comes into my bathroom to say good morning. We usually spend some time on the floor quietly together (Dad still sleeping right outside in the bedroom). This is typically when I check his paws, teeth/gums, rub him all over including his belly and stretch him out a bit, unless he wakes up really active, then I just count that morning as a loss for health check ups.

    I am thinking I will be able to sit with him facing me in a sit position and putting my legs around and behind him. This is the position I use that he knows means "zen/calm" ... it is also used for the time outs after I catch him if he went off on uncontrolled wild zoomies without listening to the recall command. He knows this position means he is better off choosing a submissive attitude as moving about or getting attitude with me will only extend this hugging type position (and gee wiz if he has to remain in a hugging position for too long that is against all Shiba desire LOL).

    I am sure I will get better the more I work on it with him, just like nail clipping. Had set backs when he was young and clipped his quick not once but twice. It hasn't been until recently and with a new clipper tool that I can trim little bits of his nails now and am getting more confident myself in doing it.

    I think the key is gaining your own confidence as the more I hesitate with these necessary grooming needs and the more awkward I am due to my hesitation the harder it is to keep Bear's patience with me.
  • SayaSaya
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  • fattballfattball
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    Thanks I will no longer use it
  • devonmlewisdevonmlewis
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    FYI: I have a "potion" for Yuki that we put into his water that is good for his dental health and makes his breath fresh.
  • LMSpostLMSpost
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    Can anyone suggest a specific brand/product for toothpaste?
  • curlytailscurlytails
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  • zandramezandrame
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    I also use virbac, but didn't want a funky lingering smell, so we got peppermint. Kouda likes it just fine, but prefers to chew it off the brush, no finger brushes here!
  • JuniJuni
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    I don't use any toothpaste, only water. I read a study on dental care for dogs that said the toothpaste is unnecessary. I get that it's tasty and makes the brushing more interesting but I found it only distracted Juni and made her want to lick the brush. According to the study ideally every tooth should be brushed with 10 strokes (or what you would call it). There was no evidence any of those products you add on the food did anything to keep the teeth clean.
    If Juni had been chewing any bones I don't think I would have to be so vigilant with her teeth. But as it is I try to brush almost every day and she doesn't mind it, in fact she is a lot better nowadays, her head is still and she doesn't move her tongue around much either.
  • curlytailscurlytails
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  • JuniJuni
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    I would love to share it but it is all in Swedish...maybe there is an abstract in English though, let me see...
    No, only a short summary that doesn't say much. But it says it is mainly the mechanical scrubbing that has any effect. However some toothpastes contains enzymes and antibacterial ingredients that can be efficient.
    Post edited by Juni at 2014-03-22 03:31:26
  • LMSpostLMSpost
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    Anyone open to sharing a video of how you brush your shiba's teeth? I think that would be a good addition to this thread. I watched some on youtube but it might be nice to have a forum member post so people can reference it and ask followup questions.
  • knnwangknnwang
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    Post edited by knnwang at 2014-05-02 12:58:04
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • knnwangknnwang
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    @suyata Thank-you. I'll call my vet to see if he has some, or if he can order it for me. :)

    Edit: site said it only sell to vets but just found it on amazon with 2 day Prime shipping on Amazon.
    Post edited by knnwang at 2014-05-02 16:53:28
  • SayaSaya
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  • DianaBostonDianaBoston
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    For those of you who use Oratene.... Got some last week and after only a few days, noticed an immediate difference in breath and staining/tartar. Dakota's teeth were white again! Which then of course started to creep me out as to how good this additive might be or not be for her... The bottle says to treat their water every day, but why I ask if you see results right away? Wouldn't using it maybe once or twice a week do it just as well? I assume that the liquid contains some of the same chemicals as in pet toothpaste. I'm sure the company wants you to use as much as possible, but wouldn't periodic treatment work just as well? Thanks!
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • knnwangknnwang
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    Yeah @DianaBoston it worked the same for Ratchet. I notice the difference in 3 days. Bottle say for maximum effectiveness on the daily part. I'll try doing this every other bow of water.

    I only semi recognize 2 of the ingredients on the bottle: purified water, rosemary extract?

    Thanks @sunyata. :D
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • BootzBootz
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    darn! I want to give the product a try...but my husband says he wants to keep it "natural" which means...he wants me to brush their teeth more often >_>

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