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    Default De-scaling tartar off my dog's teeth

    I just purchased a de-scaler to pick and scrape the tartar off dog's teeth from a seller named afortunatedog on E-bay. I volunteer in rescue and pick up the tab for the dogs I foster whether it's their vet bills food, or whatever, and I've had like 10 of them this year. I really wanted to see if I could get the tartar off my dog's teeth with this very nice tool. It cost under 10 dollars and is a very nice stainless steel tool.

    First I worked with my skittish Dachshund Forrest. I took him to my own bedroom and it's a treat to sleep, cuddle or be on my bed. The dogs are always happy to be there and know it's a privilege and a treat. I laid him on the bed and he was calm. I opened his mouth and making sure I was wearing my glasses got to work. He was wonderful and relaxed the whole time. He is a skittish boy and I was so pleased at his demeanor and submission to the process. He was practically asleep. I disturbed his calm state of mind when I rolled him on the other side to work on the other side of his mouth! He was wonderful for side 2 of his mouth as well.

    Next, I worked on Beauty my pit bull mix. She was laying on her dog bed in the living room. She was mildly resisting, and I wanted her to be as calm as Forrest had been. I realized that I should lead her to my room and get her on the bed. It worked like a charm. She was totally calmer and I was able to do it.

    It's clear to me that the place they had their work done made the difference. These are my dogs and I don't see how I could use this lightbulb moment to my advantage with dogs I groom, but it worked really well and I wanted to share my success with you.

    Also, the tooth de-scaler is a really nifty tool and picks the tartar right off. Of course I was very careful and these are my own dogs. Do any of you clean your dogs teeth or remove tartar?

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    I hand scale as an add-on. I was trained by a veterinarian. If the dog gets antsy, I just discontinue, since it would be very dangerous to use such a sharp tool on an uncooperative animal. Happy hand scaling!

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    You have to be very careful. Scraping tartar off of a dogs teeth can cause serious problems. For one, you are not polishing the teeth, but making more grooves for more debris to get caught in. For two you can cause heart problems if the tartar breaks off and gets into their blood stream. I'm so tired right now I can't explain it clearly, I can't seem to think. But this is not something you want to be doing without any proper training.

    Stephen: It is actually illegal to scale dog's teeth in some states if you are not a licensed vet. Please remember to always check the laws for your state for your services.
    What a caterpillar considers the end of his world, we call a butterfly.

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    i used to do all my dogs as part of their grooming procedure. Started training them as puppies to let me handle theri mouths. Well they had to allow that since they were going to be show dogs. Sometimes I would take gauge around my finger and dip in peroxide and baking soda and do a polishl.

    For real dentals in the older dogs they went to the vets. Minor tooth scaling shouldn't be a problem.

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    I scale my Havanese's teeth. He lays down on a towel on my grooming table and lets me do it, no problem.

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    Thank you guys for sharing. I was really happy that it went so well and that I can now help my own dogs teeth more than before. With 7 dogs in the house, every little bit helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylady View Post

    Stephen: It is actually illegal to scale dog's teeth in some states if you are not a licensed vet. Please remember to always check the laws for your state for your services.
    Knowing over codified California, it's probably illegal, but who will report me? My own dogs? LOL

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    I give mine bones to chew on.

    They like the bones and I don't have to bug them about their teeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doubledogdare View Post
    I give mine bones to chew on.

    They like the bones and I don't have to bug them about their teeth.
    I keep hearing about the bones. What kind of bones are you giving your dogs? I'm thinking raw beef, right?

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    I've been scaling my own dogs teeth for 20 years. Like fast Ellie said I start mine as puppies so they are used to it. The picture is of my 6 year old griffs teeth. She has never had a professional cleaning. Vet told me the same thing about polishing the teeth after scaling or you will leave grooves that just collect more tartar, never said anything about getting into blood stream though and I find it hard to believe because if they swallow any it's a straight shot to the stomach. Anyhow I've only had good results from doing this with my own dogs. But would not even attempt it on a customer.downsized_0312012133a.jpgdownsized_0312012133.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by griffygroomer View Post
    I've been scaling my own dogs teeth for 20 years. Like fast Ellie said I start mine as puppies so they are used to it. The picture is of my 6 year old griffs teeth. She has never had a professional cleaning. Vet told me the same thing about polishing the teeth after scaling or you will leave grooves that just collect more tartar, never said anything about getting into blood stream though and I find it hard to believe because if they swallow any it's a straight shot to the stomach. Anyhow I've only had good results from doing this with my own dogs. But would not even attempt it on a customer.downsized_0312012133a.jpgdownsized_0312012133.jpg
    Do you have a tooth polisher?

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    I just make my own "Polisher" like Fast E said but just a paste of baking soda on a gauze wrapped finger. I feed my dogs raw Turkey necks or meaty bones for dinner which takes care of 90% of dental problems. My toy poodle is a left handed chewer though,I guess I mean left muzzle ? .... So I hand scrape some of her teeth that are not being cleaned by the necks and meaty bones,and then polish. with the gauze and baking soda,they really hate the taste of the soda paste so I clean and dry each tooth after. I sure don't see anything wrong with doing a lot scraping and polishing on our own dogs, but would never do this on any one elses pet!
    "Everyone needs something to beleive in..I beleive I need another Poodle"
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