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How often should I have my dogs teeth cleaned by a vet?

asked 2015-12-06 23:31:29 -0500

I'd like to be proactive, brushing, teeth cleaning, and hopefully no rotten teeth in old age.

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answered 2015-12-09 22:19:14 -0500

Dogs, unlike people, don't need regular teeth cleanings. It's pretty much a breed thing - some dogs can go 5 years before they need a teeth cleaning....others maybe two.

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answered 2015-12-07 19:26:16 -0500

It will also depend on your dog's overall dental health and how frequently you're able to clean their teeth at home. For a dog who doesn't let you clean their teeth, regular dental chews might help. Raw carrots are also useful to help keep tartar from building up.

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answered 2015-12-07 00:33:57 -0500

It is only recommended that a dog's teeth be cleaned at the vet once a year, most likely due to the dangers of anesthesia. You don't want to overdo the number of times your dog has to be put under for the procedure.

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answered 2015-12-09 23:01:48 -0500

This recommendation would ultimately be up to your vet as they are the only one equipt with providing medical advice for your pet. Your vet would need to a physical examination to check your dogs teeth for periodontitis as well as ay inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth. This is one of the many reasons an annual check-up is so important. A good vet will check out your pup out from nose to tail. :)

In some instances an x-ray would be necessary (just as you would get one at the dentist every year yourself) to ensure your dogs teeth are healthy or spot any dental concerns. Dental cleanings can vary based on your dog's age and overall oral health, but again will be the sole recommendation of a licensed vet who's done an exam on your dogs teeth.

You can be proactive in your dog's oral health by brushing their teeth two times a day at home using toothpaste and a tooth brushed designed specifically for dogs. They run about $5-$10 for a complete set at places like Target and Petco.

If brushing your dogs teeth is something new to you, you can learn more on how to brush your dogs teeth at home here: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/brushing-teeth-in-dogs/3951 (http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-...)

Happy brushing! :)

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