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Has anyone taken their pup to have their teeth cleaned by the vet? I usually clean and brush their teeth myself but I notice even with this care My boy's needs some additional care... I have no fear of putting my hands in there but the vet wants him fully sedated... so i'm wondering if its just not better to do it myself... granted it may take longer but I don't like sedating...

The vet seems to want to sedate for everything... i know when i took my girl in to have some scrapings done they were also going to do the same to her... I showed them how good she was and told them to use her "wait" command and use her "enough" command. It wasn't until i told them that I would stay and do the scrapings myself if; they wanted, and all they had to do was look at them that they finilay agreed to do it my way...

Maybe I'm too trusting or they are not trusting enough? What do you think?:discuss:
 

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well. if they are sedating for skin scrapings.. id find a new vet..

as far as teeth go i scale all mine myself, but I have very calm well behaved dogs... when i'm watching tv I have them lay with their heads on my lap and do a few teeth at a time. You can get the oral B dental scrapers from Walmart. We also brush fairly regularly. if you cant do this well enough your only option is sedation. Teeth are very important to take care of
 

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I got it done using the same tools... they didn't want her to get hurt... but just to let you know,,, this is the good vet in my area ;) the bad one simply grabs you furling by the tail dragging them screaming across the table scream all the way...
 

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oh dear! I search high and low for my vets. I had a hard time when I moved to utah leaving my trusted veterinarian of five years :( but I have found a great vet here I use for routine things like shots etc.. she is a large animal vet and comes to my house. And than I have a clinic less than a half mile across the road that treats me great and they are very knowledgable
 

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Yea they just got rid of a temp fresh out of Vet school... he was amazing! my dogs were as happy to be with him being poked and prodded as they were to be home with a chew! But alas he was only there for someones maternity :(... he never did get to know my pups like the reg vet that was the only down side... that and his experience was not as much of a resource...
 

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Ours get raw meaty bones. No tartar build up here, maybe brushed their teeth 3x and they are 2 year old, and 1 year olds. The vet can't believe how pearly white and clean they are.
 

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yea I was giving them raw meaty bones but Elliot was not taking his time with them and cracking them up into manageable pieces and then later vomiting them back up
 

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Yeah, this is true about large bones -- b/c Hannah will gulp stuff down so it's of no use for her teeth. Large soup or marrow bones work great for her.

Otherwise there is an enzymatic cleaner or gel that breaks down tarter buildup. It's not cheap, but I do hear it works.

PetzLife Oral Care Dental Products for Cats and Dogs

I haven't tried it myself, so no first-hand experience. But it's supposed to loosen and break down tarter.
 
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