I had stopped by my friend Rosemary's house yesterday for a visit. She had broken her arm in nasty fall that was precipitated by a pack of dogs ( her own and her sons two pups which she was babysitting ) who rushed into her kitchen as she arrived home one evening. She was tackled, tripped and fell! Ah, for the love of dogs!
As I was petting her Australian Shepperd, Joey I noticed how nice his teeth were. "Rosemary, how old is Joey now?" I asked. "He is 10 years old. I guess you can say he is a senior dog." she replied. "His teeth are really white and in great shape for his age!" I commented. We went on to discuss other events of the day and I didn't get a chance to ask her what she did to keep his doggy grin so nice.
When I went home I checked out Ozzie's teeth. His little stubby teeth in the front looked fine but as I checked his canine teeth the gum line looked red and there was some discoloration on the tooth itself. Yikes...doggy gingivitis?! He is only 3 1/2 years old! I admit I have not been diligent in brushing his teeth. I quickly dug out his toothbrush and toothpaste (never use human toothpaste, its not digestible and can give your pet a tummy ache) and went for Ozzie's mouth. He was semi cooperative but just like anything that goes in his mouth he tried to eat it. So I ended up working against him chomping and licking and for the most part, there was more toothpaste on my pants than his teeth.
When he goes for his wellness check up next month I will have the vet look at his mouth. In the meanwhile I will keep on trying to brush those choppers! Maybe wearing a full hazmat suit!