I couldn't agree more, Rach. My Tia, who went to the bridge last year, was a rescue, and had terrible teeth and a heart murmur when I got her. My vet said her infected teeth could have possibly led to the heart murmur. Of course, there was no way to know for sure, since I had none of her previous medical records (if she even HAD any medical records - grrrr).Rachael Polachek said:You may be able to cover up his smelly breath but that breath is a sign of a bigger problem (stale food on his teeth). You will need to brush the gunk off his teeth on a regular basis. If not, as you mentioned, he might need to be put under for a good cleaning and he may even require extractions. This is not something I would wish on any dog (or any owner, as it can be quite expensive).
Tooth decay can cause infections that lead to serious problems throughout the body, such as heart murmurs. The vet is pretty sure that's what happened to Lily.
I don't mean to push the panic button but please don't just conceal the bad breath and ignore the larger issue.
Nate (our resident vet person) wraps Sadie and Ritz like a burrito in a blanket and is able to control them that way. My Lily has gotten to the point that I no longer have to put her in a headlock to brush her teeth. She even curls her lip when she sees the toothbrush coming. I make a very big deal out of rewarding her after brushing by giving her a piece of cheese. Lily would sell her soul for cheese. :lol:Mr Chi said:how do you get a dog to open its mouth?
Im just wondering because Winton's brilliant as long as I am clinical and matter of fact about things like nail clipping and cleaning his ears and things, but I cant get to his teeth!!!! and believe me his death breath is getting unbearable!