My,What Big Teeth You Have!
Today's topic is teeth and breath. Just like humans, it benefits a dog or cat to have their teeth brushed. Nasty teeth and gums can affect the circulatory system and ultimately the heart.
Scooter is only about 5, but even when only a year or two old, had a lot of tartar on his teeth and brown staining. Both Zoe and Peanut are old and have brown stains as well. Scooter had his cleaned once by the vet when he was under anethstesia for x-rays.
I TRIED to brush their teeth, but it was the biggest pain ever. You need to start that when they are young so they get used to it. It's not that they were bad when I did it, they were just very wiggly. I tried a regular-looking brush, the kind that goes on the tip of your finger and even the teeth wipes. I gave it all up. The best I do with both the dogs and cats is give them dry food which is better for teeth and dry treats for the cats.
Hell, I'm often to wiped out too floss my own teeth let alone play dental hygienist to the dogs and cats. And I wouldn't even TRY to brush a cat's teeth! So, do any of you do the brushing thing? I have a friend in NY with two labs whose husband brushes them regularly, but the dogs got started early. They stay still as a stone and almost smile, so brushing their teeth is easy!
Now my gross news: Last night I didn't get home until almost 1:30 am. Let the dogs out. Scooter didn't want to come in. He was messing with something in the far corner of the yard. He's always messing with something...either digging or eating grass or whatnot. I had to call him several times before he'd come in. When he did, he was all muddy, so had to get a bucket of water and wash his feet and belly. I was not amused.
This morning he's out there again, but this time, in daylight, I could see what had his interest. A dead bunny! I was HORRIFIED. Rabbits used to come in our backyard all of the time years ago, and about three or four lost their lives, but for the past few years I've rarely seen them anywhere. But what was horrid about THIS rabbit was that last night either Scooter or some wild thing during the night ate its head off! So I had to dispose of that this morning. Then my phone line goes dead. I hope these things are not a harbinger of things to come today!
posted by Sandy at 6/26/2007 04:28:00 PM