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teaching stella how to smile

I worked a little on teaching Stella how to show her teeth or "smile" in prep for going to the vet a week or so ago so the vet could get a decent look at her teeth just to make sure her lackluster response to playing tug was not a tooth issue.
I think I could eventually get her to show her teeth on cue, but for the purpose of the visit I just got her comfortable with opening up to look at her teeth and fingers in her mouth... Her teeth were good the vet said. So the tugging wasn't a physical issue.
When I asked about the possibility of non drugged tooth cleaning for her the vet said Stella only had build up on her canines and said she'd scrape them right then and there and did and we were done.
I don't brush her teeth, should but don't. I've tried with that rubbery fingerpuppetting thing that comes with dog toothpaste but eh... not motivated and when is a good time, after every meal? bedtime? once a week?
anyhow this how to link came with today's email promo so why not pass it along


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Feb. 1st, 2014 06:06 pm (UTC)
I used to brush my dogs' teeth (with a dog tooth brush) almost every day but that slipped to once a week and now I give them each a meaty beef rib once a week and that works better than brushing ever did. All my dogs lined up for their tooth brushing because they loved the toothpaste. They love the beef ribs even more. :-)
Feb. 2nd, 2014 03:34 am (UTC)
I think the raw diet keeps Stel's teeth pretty clean but it must be the treats I give her building on her canines. I bought some cute (for my benefit) soft kids toothbrushes.
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