Today’s Musing – Dental Health

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Why, oh why, do I have to have my teeth cleaned when I chew on my beloved cow toes so much? Granted, I don’t chew on them like used to when I was a wee lad, but you’d think gnawing would scrape off the tartar.

And why, oh why, do I have to have my teeth cleaned when I had it done only two years ago? And my teeth are brushed at least once a week?

What happened to all the doggies a gazillion years ago who never had their teeth cleaned? Did all their teeth fall out?

I’ve got gingivitis. That’s why. Sigh.

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The Scottie Chronicles began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. He passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty canine cancer that took him far too early. He would have been 11 years old in March 2017. The Scottie Chronicles is dedicated to Stuart and the joy he shared with everyone who met him or saw him from afar. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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19 Responses to Today’s Musing – Dental Health

  1. Donna says:

    I wonder why doggies have to have their teeth cleaned so often too. When I was young, my dog had good teeth and nobody cleaned dog teeth. Wonder if it has something to do with the food we feed our dogs now?

  2. nordhuesn says:

    I agree it has to do with diet. No one really allows bone chewing anymore. Also, my Dogtor (who is a genius) says Scotties just have bad teeth. Andy and I (Duffy) need to go every year! It’s the back molars that SHE can’t get to with the toothbrush that get really nasty. It could be that our mouths don’t open very wide to get back there. Elsa, on the other hand is 8 and she’s only had to have hers done once. Her mouth opens all the way to China for her scrubbing. Don’t worry, Stuart, it’ll be fine. You’ll get a nice snooze and lots of extra lovin’!!!!

  3. Riley Puppy says:

    My thoughts “xactly Stu! But it’s true, the back inside part of the molars next to my tongue are the ones that my dogtor said were getting bad, and I am 2 years and 4 months young! I will be having my teefs cleaned on July 20th for the first time! It is hard to brush the back inside part of the molars for most doggies anyway! You’ll be fine and it’s true you will get babied lots! But I am scared. Mum says I shake so much in the waiting room when she takes me to the dogter, that she hopes my teefs don’t fall out first with all of that trembling and shaking going on!
    We’ll be thinking of you!
    Loves ya!
    Riley-Puppy and Tessie-Girl

    • Riley Puppy, don’t worry. I’ve had mine done and you won’t even know it’s going on. Don’t forget to take your antibiotics ahead of time so you don’t get sick afterwards. Please don’t worry. OK….now I guess I’ll stop worrying about my own appointment in August. But, I’m older than you. I worry more these days.

  4. Gavin says:

    Gosh! Your teefs sure look good in this picture!! Mom wishes we had a great dogtor like yours to make sure I stay so healthy!! Of course she may take me to your Dr. Elliott cuz our locals are just not as thorough as she would like!! Healthy teefs = healthy heart and body-so says my mom!!

    • Well, I think you should come on over to my place. I think you’re sort of close by. Lori Elliott at Shady Grove Animal Hospital in the far West End. You’ll LOVE her.

      Yeah, my front teeth are bee-you-ti-ful. It’s the back ones where I have gingivitis. Yuk.

      • Gavin says:

        Thanks from the peep for the info, Stuart. She’ll get me an appointment when we return from the mountains next week. We hope Dr. Elliott won’t want ta clean my teefs, cuz I’ll be SERIOUSLY UPSET if I have ta skip breakfast, then ride in the car for almost 2 hours! Yikes!! Mom says “we’ll do it if we need to do it”! UNBELIEVABLE! : ((

  5. theguster says:

    I say enough already! It’s always something. We’re supposed to eat healthy foods, not too many treats, watch our weight, get enough exercise, take our vitamins or meds, have regular baths/grooming and keep our nails clipped. Forget my teeth! They’re mine, I like them, they help me to chew my food, and I don’t want a cleaning…so there!

    McDuff & Mom

  6. Kismet says:

    What happened to all the doggies who never had their teeth cleaned a gazillion years ago? They’re all dead. This proves that no teeth cleaning causes death. Wait, I have to rethink that, Kyla had her teeth cleaned. Me, I think I’ll live forever-I’m a bird and dentists haven’t made a penny on me.

  7. No way I let Mama brush my teeth. My Dogtor says I’m good dental wise right now and I’m 5. Mama has known puppy mill dogs ( thru rescue) dogs who have rotten teeth. One poor Chin had some teeth just fall out prior to dental surgery. He has 4 left in his mouth. So it could be genetics and the kind of foods they make for us too….but you know those poor Puppy Mill dogs probably get the cheapest food, and very little Vet preventive care. Oops, Mama is getting upset about Puppy Mills, gotta run…..we’ll. Be thinking about you Stuart…you know you’ll get extra cuddles…

    • OH Skyler, I didn’t mean to upset you and your peep. Puppy mills are bad. Yes. My predecessor came from one. He ate pizza by the slice and anything else he could muster.

      Think about me in August when I have it done.

  8. Oh Stu, that sucks! Sorry buddy.
    Wally & Sammy

  9. corkscot says:

    Sidney has had his teeth cleaned several times. The last time he had to have an extraction.All of the Scotties have had tooth problems. Our vet does non anesthesia dentals and they really work well. The Scotties have chew dental bones and regular bones available every day. It is a Scottie thing.

  10. Teeth can be a big problem. Thank goodness for good peeps like yours to help. ❤

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