If you’re like me, you get scolded when you go to the dentist — even if you have been flossing regularly for at least several days in advance of your appointment.
So it shouldn’t have come as any surprise when doggie and I got a mild nudge recently from the veterinarian. A glance at his gumline revealed he had some tartar buildup on his teeth.
Because he lacks opposable thumbs, that wasn’t exactly his fault. He can’t hold a toothbrush.The responsibility was mine.
The vet asked if we’d been giving doggie some treats for dental hygiene. We had some but they weren’t exactly at the top of the hit list. Angus would prefer treats with the delicious flavor of rawhide.
We’d also bought a toothbrush and some meat-flavored toothpaste. He thinks that stuff is deee-licious but I think it smells as weird as those meat sticks that are packaged in jars for toddlers.
Nevertheless, he likes to lick the toothbrush, but I’m not sure how much is getting on the teeth. He doesn’t exactly submit to what I would call a brushing, with circular motions around the teeth.
We’re trying to do a little bit better, with regular access to dental treats and more frequent attempts with the toothbrush. I’d like to get to the point where we nag doggie to brush his teeth every night just like we do the kids in our home — but admittedly we aren’t there yet.
I hope the next time we’re at the veterinarian we get a good checkup.
How about you? How do you make sure your doggie has good dental hygiene?