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Wednesday
Feb072018

Cleaning Greyhounds' Teeth

Greyhounds as a breed have poor teeth but we have managed to train our 4 previous hounds to accept a tooth regime and its really paid off. Our girl who was almost 11 had sparkly gnashers until her death and didn't have any dental work other than cleaning.

 

We clean our hounds teeth every day with Logic. Even if a Hound resists you cleaning,  just put some on your finger and rub around hound's mouth. I often have people telling us with our 5 previous dogs that we were "lucky our dogs let us do it" but actually,  it wasn't luck at all, we were determined to acclimatise them to it and built up training gradually as not brushing is not an option. Bad teeth and  infection or gum disease doesn't only affect the mouth. Dental bacteria can get into the system and cause infection of the heart valves. The bacteria can also affect the bowel and my good nose detected that the bacteria smell in the breath was also coming out in the dogs poop but I found that despite washing hands myself my gut and mouth also smelled of Harry's bacteria as he was a really licky dog. He is OK now but when he first arrived, I could smell his breath from the bedroom, when he was in our living room. His smell was streptococcus bacteria. Yes, I know what different diseases smell like. I should have been a Hound myself. 
You can also, in addition to Logic brushing, use dental tooth wipes with an extra squirt of dental plaque gel like this above and its great at neutralising acid in the mouth and treating smell from bacteria. But it's not as effective as an enzymatic toothpaste like Logic but Logic does have a meaty smell. I would try cleaning/wiping teeth with this in the evenings, and cleaning with Logic and brush in the morning.

In 2016 after having our 11 yr old for 10 yrs from 12 mths old had her teeth checked over and the vets were bowled over with her immaculate, white, plaque free teeth. 2 of our other greyhounds also had/have immaculate white teeth. Our regime pays off. Our 4th boy came with bad teeth as he was 5 and had spent 2.5 yrs in a rescue Kennel, so too late for 4 of his teeth.
However, after removing 4 loose teeth and keeping dental pockets clean, his bad mouth was cured. It really works.
However, most people tend to ignore tooth hygiene thinking bad teeth is just a reality of Hounds, or their hounds won't allow teeth cleans. None of our hounds were happy, but needed training to receive a youth brush.
This is our regime:
1. Daily brushing with Logic toothpaste making sure it goes right up to gums
2. Daily wiping of teeth and gums right at backs inside and out,  with bacterial dental wipes wrapped around a finger and 1.5 inches of Petkin plaque off gel
3. Weekly, or bi weekly scraping off of hardened plaque using a dental scraping tool. Requires a steady hand and one hand holding the mouth/jaw so they don't yank away. 
4. Regular vet dental even when not required. If our dogs need to be sedated/anaesthetised or admitted to hospital for any reason we take advantage of the opportunity, especially when young and IF anaesthetic is not a risk,  and we get the vet to scrape, check teeth, ensure pockets are not infected. Every time vets are amazed at how good our home dentals are. 
None of our 4 hounds have lost teeth due to tooth decay even up to 11 yrs old. 1 dog came with loose teeth that had to be removed and existing pockets, but even after that he is 10 this year and we have sparkly teeth. 
However, none of the hounds would tolerate a toothbrush and had be trained. This is how we did it.
Week One
1. 4 or 5 times a day. We examined the dogs mouth about 4 or 5 seconds only,  by holding their head, peeling back lips to expose teeth very quickly, and letting us peel back lips at corners gently to see back teeth. . Huge praise every second their head stays still. Follow with biscuit for letting you look at their teeth.
2. Daily. We put a finger toothbrush in, and squeezed about 1.5 inches of Logic toothpaste onto the brush. We do not put this right  into their mouths, we let them lick the meaty flavoured Logic gel from the toothbrush and as they're licking, just push the finger brush onto their tongue. Getting gel into their mouth at all, even without brushing,  is a priority as the enzymes will work even without brushing. If you can't progress beyond this at the moment, don't worry, just fall back to getting 1.5 inches of gel licked off a finger daily.
 
What To Do If Your Hound Keeps Backing Off
If they tend to walk backwards, just have another person standing behind their bum and holding the dog's body steady. Don't sustain if they don't like it. Literally do for a few secs and release, building up time gradually.
Week Two
Time to step up brushing a bit.
Now, as they're used to us examining frequently and know they like the taste of logic, we put 1.5 inches gel on our finger brush onto the non bristle side  and then rub into the gums and down onto teeth. Getting gel into their mouths is a priority even if not ready to brush. 
If they are taking well to the finger rubbing gel onto gums, we introduce a tiny bit of brushing with gel on a finger brush bristles just in front teeth. 
In the second week, introduce dental plaque wipes too. Put a bit of Logic toothpaste onto the dental wipe so they are used to the flavour. When they're used to accepting a dental wipe, you should aim to clean teeth twice daily. Once with finger brush and Logic, once again with dental wipe and a squirt of plaque off gel (bicarbonate of soda based).
Week 3
If they are accepting of fingers going into the mouth, try to progress to putting some gel onto a proper long dog toothbrush. Either small head or big head. Firstly they can lick a bit from the brush and you might, if you've done exercises of examination of mouth daily, be able to just brush front and sides. Go up to gums and brush down for a few secs. Build up slowly to being able to pull back corners and reach the backs.
Week 4 Onwards
Keep increasing the time they tolerate brushing gradually and if at any stage they're not keen and struggling, just step back a stage in training and build up again. One thing you must not do is give up altogether and not do it at all. 

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