• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Dog Dentals done yearly?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Dog Dentals done yearly?

    Do any of you guys have your dogs' teeth clean every year?
    Foaling Around www.facebook.com/foalingaround
    Custom Equestrian Items and Bath Products

  • #2
    My dog will be 14 in a few months, and has never had her teeth cleaned. The vet techs rave about how good her teeth are - one said we should have bred her for her teeth!!

    Comment


    • #3
      I've never had to do a dental. Mouths on dogs and cats are all perfect. Feed excellent feed, and the need for dentals are drastically reduced or eliminated, barring other health issues.

      Comment


      • #4
        I have never had a dental done on my dogs, but I will say that some dogs need a dental.


        That said Feb. is doggie dental month, most vets do a discount!
        www.facebook.com/doggonegoodgoodies
        http://doggonebakedgoods.com/

        Comment


        • #5
          I get them checked yearly and dentals done as needed.

          Last year: 13 year old JRT, no issues and he has never had a cleaning. Two, 1 year old chihuahuas, no issues. 16 year old indoor Siamese cat, pulled 4 teeth and cleaned. 8 year old indoor cat, no concerns. 12 year old indoor/outdoor cat, no concerns with his teeth when we removed a squamous cell mass from his lower eyelid last Feb.

          Last week: 2 year old chihuahua had 4 teeth pulled- they were already very loose, and a had a cleaning. Fri night Doc checked the teeth on a 8 year old indoor/outdoor cat and showed me a broken canine, missing pre-molars that have been reabsorbed and two very damaged teeth that will need pulling. This cats teeth were fine last summer when he was treated for a trauma.

          Doc says sometimes dental problems are genectics- the one chihuahua and sometimes just wear and tear- the cats.

          FTR, small animal dentals run $145 with my vets, extractions are extra and the fee is based on how difficult the extraction is.

          Comment

          • Original Poster

            #6
            Well I just had a dog #1 dental done today, and it was $299 (including discounts). It did include bonding one chipped tooth, but last year I had the other dog's teeth done, he had a cracked tooth and it was just over $200. I was a little shocked at the price. Vet said dog #2 is due for another dental this year (just had one done last Feb), but I'm thinking he probably doesn't really need one, and if so I can't justify the expense or the risk of putting him under if he doesn't really need it. He is only 5 years old with no dental problems that I know of.

            I just wanted to see if it was common or not. I would have not problem doing it if I thought he had some type of dental trouble brewing.
            Foaling Around www.facebook.com/foalingaround
            Custom Equestrian Items and Bath Products

            Comment


            • #7
              Once a year? Not at all. Yoshi is 12 and he's due a dental.

              Paula
              He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).

              Comment


              • #8
                If a dog needs yearly dentals, then there's something wrong--bad genetics, terrible food or something else...

                How does the dogs teeth and gums actually look?

                Comment

                • Original Poster

                  #9
                  There is a little discoloration (plaque?) on the his canines but other than that his mouth looks healthy and smells fine. I'll all for preventative care, maybe I'll try and find some dental/cleaning toys instead.

                  The consensus seems to be that unless he is having problems it isn't necessary. So after my horse gets her teeth done next week I'll call and cancel his appt and try and use the tooth brush that he was sent home with last year.

                  So any recommendations on teeth cleaning toys for large dogs??
                  Last edited by LovelyBay; Feb. 13, 2012, 11:06 PM. Reason: Added more
                  Foaling Around www.facebook.com/foalingaround
                  Custom Equestrian Items and Bath Products

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    You could also get a pet tooth brush and brush his teeth.
                    I LOVE my Chickens!

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      My dog is 13 yo and she's had 1 dental procedure when she was about 10 yo. Her teeth are checked every year.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        My previous lab lived to me 11 and never needed his teeth cleaned.

                        Casey was about 8 when he had his done. He was already going to be under for another procedure and vet thought he needed it.

                        Rosie's teeth were checked last year at age 13 and he said the teeth were pretty worn, had a little placque but not enought to justify a teeth cleaning. A few months later she needed to go under for a growth removal and vet knocked off the worst of the placque while he was there but didn't do a full blown cleaning. He wanted her under as short of a time as possible due to her age.

                        I do know people that their vet recommends a yearly cleaning. I think some vets use the teeth cleaning as a cash cow.
                        Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          My dogs get their teeth checked annually (of if they're in for something else), & done only when necessary. They've been great the past 3 years, so no dentals have been necessary. They're all due for their annuals soon, so I probably just jinxed myself.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            I think a lot has to do with the individual dog, the vet, and the owner combo. Some dogs just build up more plaque than others, and really should have regular dentals. The special 'rinses' you can add to their drinking water, chews, and brushing their teeth can minimize how often (although if you add up the costs it may come out to be more than the dental itself, just spread out over time). Other dogs just seem to have teefies that stay clean whether due to diet, the actual mechanics of their mouth and the way they chew or blind dumb luck.

                            My 14+/- rescue beagleXchi desperately needs one, has a tooth that needs extracting and none of her teeth have probably never seen a scaler of ANY kind, but she's old and has a heart murmur so the vet and I both are on the fence weighing pros and cons of putting her through it at this point. The 2yo blue heeler? her teeth are lovely, plaque so minimal as to be almost non existent, but I suspect she'll be in need of one within the next couple years, and she'll get it.

                            Of course in most cases the vet is going to suggest annual dental cleaning, it's the 'ideal' and it is their job. All the bacteria in that plaque has a direct line into the blood stream and can cause problems other than looking nasty and stinky kisses. (Or so goes the quote from the health maps I had to go over with clients when I worked as an assistant at a small animal practice) But the animal IS anesthetized for the procedure and that comes with it's own risks as well, so it boils down to what the individual dog actually needs, and what the owner is comfortably able to afford/put the dog through anesthesia for.

                            IMHO
                            Owned by a Paint/TB and an OTTB.
                            RIP Scoutin' For Trouble ~ 2011 at 10
                            RIP Tasha's Last Tango ~ 2010 at ~23
                            RIP In Sha' Allah ~ 2009 too young at 5

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              I worked in a clinic for just under 10 years. I would say a lot of it just depends on the dog--genetics, diet, other health things, etc.

                              Some dogs in our practice really did need cleanings about every 6 mos. Others we'd check each year and some could go for years without needing anything.

                              My lab is 8 1/2. It's been a running joke with my vet for years because every year I say "is he ready for a dental?" (because he hates having is nails trimmed and I keep hoping we can do it while he's under anes--I'm joking of course)

                              Our standard poodle is just over a year and I think he'll need to have his teeth cleaning sometime in the next year.

                              It seems like smaller dogs have poorer dentition--but I have no statistics to back that up. Could be because they tend to live longer than larger breeds and if their teeth are neglected, they're the ones (along with cats who also live longer) have every tooth in their head rotted out or extracted.

                              As for the benefits and risks, agree w/ EI above. If you're at a good clinic though, you should be able to have a blood panel run prior to anesthesia to check organ function and such, and have fluids on board and monitoring while under anes.
                              A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

                              Might be a reason, never an excuse...

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                Shadow is 12 (the retriever-x beast) and has never had or needed his teeth cleaned. Tribble is 8 and has had hers cleaned twice (corgi.) She could probably have it done every other year, but every three years is about what I can afford.

                                I personally wouldn't want my dog under general anesthesia every year unless it was an emergency, but that's just me being nervous.

                                My vet says that dogs with narrow pointy snouts and smushed ones, like pugs, tend to need more often cleaning than dogs with wider, more square noses/faces. The pointier-nosed ones apparently don't chew much on their way-back teeth so they're not getting scraped by kibble or sticks or whatever.
                                I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  Well I just had a dog #1 dental done today, and it was $299 (including discounts). It did include bonding one chipped tooth, but last year I had the other dog's teeth done, he had a cracked tooth and it was just over $200. I was a little shocked at the price.
                                  FTR, small animal dentals run $145 with my vets, extractions are extra and the fee is based on how difficult the extraction is.
                                  I clearly need to move. I had my cat in a few weeks ago for an allergy flare-up, and the vet said she needed her teeth cleaned. I noticed her breath had gotten pretty yucky several months ago, but was hoping it was just beef breath. She's only 1 1/2, but has all kinds of allergies and didn't have the luck of the draw for good genes.

                                  The quote? For a dental cleaning and 1 extraction? $725.75. Yeah. Not happening. I called the cheap discount clinic where she was spayed, and their quote was $200 dental, $10-$30 each extraction. Guess where I'll be going??

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    I can't believe all these numbers folks are throwing out for dentals. I know that I didn't pay a fraction of them 3 years ago. Will have to see what my vet is currently charging. I'm getting scared.

                                    But then again - this Friday I'm taking one of my elderly cats to a Veterinary Opthalmologist, where just walking over the threshold costs you $95 before they even do anything. Wondering how many tuna casseroles we'll be enjoying for dinner thanks to this episode - lol!!!

                                    Comment


                                    • #19
                                      I think it's rediculous to suggest dentals are needed every year for every animal. it's entirely dependent on the animal, but MOST do not need annual cleanings. Smaller breeds typically need cleanings more often, or any dogs with malaligned jaws/teeth.

                                      My female ACD is 10 and has had a pseudo-dental once, without full anesthesia. My male ACD is 4 and I figured if I was going to do one might as well do the other. I would not put my dogs under general anesthesia every year for unnecessary procedures. Even in the absolute best of circumstances anesthesia still has risks, and I like my dogs too much(most days!) to risk their health without reason.

                                      To me, unnecessary anesthesia is like letting your dog play in traffic. They might cross the road 1000 times, but sooner or later somebody's gonna get hit by a bus!
                                      You can't fix stupid.... but you can breed it!

                                      Comment


                                      • #20
                                        I have seven chihuahuas. Two of them required dentals and I mean REQUIRED. Green stinky stuff growing on their teeth. Each had a few extractions. I think the most expensive was $220. The other five dogs have lovely white teeth and pink gums. It's definitely a genetic issue at least with chihuahuas. Mine all eat the same dry food and the same chewies.
                                        Dentals every year? No.
                                        SPAY/NEUTER/RESCUE/ADOPT!
                                        Little Star Chihuahua Rescue
                                        The Barkalicious Bakery
                                        On Facebook!!!

                                        Comment

                                        Working...
                                        X