|Barked: Wed Sep 10, '08 5:42pm PST |
|You should try enzymatic toothpaste. We use Petrodex... in poultry flavor. Our two, Promise and Charlie, don't LOVE it... but in the chicken flavor they don't mind it too much. Also, with the enzymatic, you don't have to brush the teeth real hard (once the toothpaste makes contact with the teeth, the enzymes get to work breaking down plaque and tartar). As for the sedation - I hate to see anybody, person or animal being sedated for anything other than surgery or medical necessity. Sedation is dangerous, there are no two ways about it. I suggest finding a groomer who is patient, and works well with your dog. Promise wouldn't let anybody do her nails, and I searched high and low and finally found The Groomery near Cincinnati, Ohio and low and behold... Wendy, the only person she will let touch her feet! If the teeth are too covered in plaque, the vet may be the only choice, but I'd try and find a good groomer first.
P.S. The others are right though - plaque can eventually turn into an infection like gingivitis in people and can get into the bloodstream and reak havoc. Please, make sure to consult a vet on this before doing anything or waiting.
Edited by author Wed Sep 10, '08 5:44pm PST
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