Who needs another reason to visit the vet? It’s bad enough that I have to go periodically to get poked and prodded, but this last time I had to get my teeth cleaned. One thing that I’ve never really worried about is my teeth. As a dog, as long as I can chew, eat and lick myself, what else is there to concern myself with, regarding my mouth? What in the world is oral hygiene for dogs anyways?
Apparently, I had some massive tarter buildup on the old choppers and my humans felt the need to have my teeth cleaned professionally. I get my regular teeth cleaning with a little finger brush and some rather yummy tasting toothpaste, but that alone didn’t really take care of the problem.
I did learn that if I do not care for my teeth, it can lead to other health issues. I could develop gingivitis and periodontal disease, which can lead to problems with my heart, liver or kidneys. Who needs something else to worry about?
So with that in mind, we headed to the vet. Since I had recently had a checkup and blood work, we knew that I was in good health and ready to go for the procedure.
The scariest part for my humans was the fact that I had to be put under anesthesia. Unfortunately, it is necessary in order for the vet to be able to clean my teeth properly. Periodontal disease can begin under the gum line and let’s be honest…no way I’m sitting still for them to scrub under my gum line. They’d have to put me out!
Knowing that in the end, the procedure was needed and would help prevent further health issues, I had my teeth made pearly white and clean last week. It went so smooth that my humans were amazed! I was completely awake and ready to go within a couple of hours. Also, considering I’m a 10 year old toy poodle, my teeth were actually in good shape other than the tartar buildup. I did not need any teeth pulled and none were starting to rot. In fact, the vet said that whatever we were doing…keep doing it!
So we’ll continue with the brushing of the teeth at home and everyday, I get a special treat designed to keep my teeth clean and beautiful. Plus, I love to chew on them. They keep me occupied and help my smile at the same time. It is a win-win for me and my humans!
The chews are from Virbac and you can check out their website to find more information on their products for oral hygiene for dogs.