When I was a kid, the idea of brushing a dog’s teeth or taking a cat to the dentist was something we’d never heard of. Even as recently as a few years ago, if someone mentioned they brushed their dog’s teeth the usual response was OH REALLY, CRAZY? I mean, it’s A DOG. Does it really need dental care?
YES. YES THEY DO.
Little dogs, like chihuahuas and pomeranians, are especially prone to having bad teeth, and unfortunately, Kichou was no exception. He’d had a few cleanings but his teeth were still a mess, and yesterday we (and Taylor’s credit card) found out exactly how much of a mess they were.
Adult dogs have 42 teeth. When Kichou went to the vet yesterday he had 37. Now he has 19. Those 19 teeth are in pretty good shape, whereas the ones he lost were in pretty bad shape, so the vet said they probably would have been lost even with preventative care. Luckily, he still has enough teeth (and the right teeth) that once his mouth heals he’ll be able to eat regular dog food.
I had to give him his meds this morning because Taylor was still at work. If you thinking getting a dog to take medicine is hard, try doing it when he’s just had oral surgery! I ended up wrapping him in a towel and squirting the meds into his mouth whenever he lunged at me, snarling. The opposite of fun for everyone concerned.
So please! Everyone! Take care of your pets teeth! They (and your wallet) will thank you.