• Oral Health,  Tear Stains

    Poppy Jo – Dental Cleaning

    On January 22, 2019 I took Poppy Jo in for a dental cleaning.  Poppy Jo was born May 4, 2015 and is 3.08 pounds. Not only did she have tartar build up, her breath smelled worse than most and she had terrible staining around and under her eyes.  A new veterinarian has joined my vet and she does the Naso Lacrimal Flush (eye duct flush) so I asked that that procedure be done at the same time while Poppy Jo was under anesthesia. When I picked her up, they had pulled 6 tiny teeth that were loose and that she probably didn’t really need by the looks of them.  Although…

  • Oral Health

    Allie – Dental Discharge

    Allie is a 6 year old female Maltese, 7 pounds.   She had her first professional dental cleaning at 3 years of age (2015) and had one tooth removed.  I notice that for Allie she has a lot of plaque build up on her teeth regardless of brushing.  I try to brush her teeth about once per week but that isn’t enough for her.  13 months later (2016) I took her in again and they had to pull one of her front teeth because it was loose from gum disease.  She went yesterday and they extracted 10 teeth.  I was devastated! In addition to brushing all my dogs teeth once…

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    Mikasa – Dental Discharge

    This is the ideal discharge that you want to receive from you vet when you take your pet in however ideally you would prefer to not have to go to the vet if you can keep your pets teeth free of plaque and tartar. Mikasa was born in 2016 and yesterday was her very first dental cleaning (age 3). They only extracted one tooth and that is because is was a baby tooth. This was her only issue and her teeth and gums were in very good shape.  This is very good news and I will continue to brush her teeth once a week unless I see that plaque and…

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    Caring for Maltese teeth

    Please take the time to brush your dogs teeth a few times a week and if you can’t then make sure they get vet checked for gum disease at least once a year.  Gum disease can lead to heart conditions which as you can guess will shorten the life of your pet.  Because of how many Maltese I have I try to brush their teeth at least every couple of weeks,  which is not really enough, when I give them a bath and I use a children’s toothbrush and dog toothpaste.  It comes in chicken flavor which I don’t really like the smell of but I think my fur babies…