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Old 05-18-2018, 09:34 AM
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Bad teeth in senior dog

Hi everybody!

I've been meaning to ask for some advice on this for a while, but I keep forgetting. I was reminded today when my mother's dog breathed her rancid breath on me lmao.

So I found Lola as a stray about three years ago. My family ended up adopting her after giving her up to a no kill rescue when we couldn't find her original owner. (We joke that we paid for our free dog haha) I have no clue what her health history is, how old she is, etc. But from what we've gathered,

1 - She was definitely abused (when we first got her she'd pee herself if you scolded her, she's afraid of feet and brooms, originally did not like to be touched.)

2 - She loses her mind and control of her tail when she sees a leash.

3 - She has bad teeth, which we believe is partially due to eating wet food for a long time. When we first got her this is all she would eat.

To make a long story short, does anyone have any tips on how to at least help her teeth feel better, and hopefully freshen her breath a bit? She won't play with chew toys because her teeth hurt her, and her breath is horrible. It smells like death and it lingers. I don't think the vet will put her under for any sort of cleaning, as we do think she's about 10 at this point.

I would really like to help her. I remember my childhood dog having to have a ton of rotten teeth removed in a fairly risky procedure (She was 13 at the time), and I don't want the same to end up happening to this dog if I can help it.

Any tips/advice is appreciated. Thanks!


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Here's a picture of Lola as well, I wanted to show off how cute she is!Name:  20180518_101249.jpg
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IMO you really need your Vet to evaluate her, and her dental issues. I know of no successful short cut to resolve dental problems at the level you describe.
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IMO you really need your Vet to evaluate her, and her dental issues. I know of no successful short cut to resolve dental problems at the level you describe.
I'm not sure if the vet has or not, but I'll have a family member ask next time she goes in. (I can't visit the vet myself due to extreme allergies)

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Unfortunately not much can be done until she has a dental cleaning with your vet! Once that happens you can brush teeth, give tooth cleaning treats or try water additives that can help prevent tartar and freshen breath. They don't do anything before a professional cleaning though.

Best of luck with her! I just adopted a chihuahua who needs an abysmal amount of dental work done -.- he's only three too. Silly small dogs and their bad mouths...

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What a cute dog and the problems sound hard to deal with. That's very sweet that you adopted her after finding her.

Does Lola let you near her mouth. I found that my dog actually really enjoys tooth brushing and we got him a tooth brush and dog tooth paste at Petco and also got him a dog fresh breath drop that he enjoys. He likes the taste of all the things so that helps.
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Unfortunately not much can be done until she has a dental cleaning with your vet! Once that happens you can brush teeth, give tooth cleaning treats or try water additives that can help prevent tartar and freshen breath. They don't do anything before a professional cleaning though.

Best of luck with her! I just adopted a chihuahua who needs an abysmal amount of dental work done -.- he's only three too. Silly small dogs and their bad mouths...

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I'll have to ask my family about having it done. But again I'm not sure because of her age.

Will brushing her teeth now really help her at all, or will it just hurt her? We've tried but she's very sensitive.

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What a cute dog and the problems sound hard to deal with. That's very sweet that you adopted her after finding her.

Does Lola let you near her mouth. I found that my dog actually really enjoys tooth brushing and we got him a tooth brush and dog tooth paste at Petco and also got him a dog fresh breath drop that he enjoys. He likes the taste of all the things so that helps.
It's not so bad, she's actually a very good dog. She's calmed down a lot since we got her, she realizes now we aren't going to kill her.

She does if we hold her... she certainly doesn't enjoy having her teeth brushed but she won't bite. I feel bad doing it though as it very obviously is painful for her. Do you know if those dentastix actually help? She does like those.

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Typically you should see a vet to assess their dental situation before trying brushing or any other methods at home. For exactly the reason you say. Often with bad dental situations there's a lot of oral pain and brushing can make things worse or just cause them a lot of discomfort.

Plus, if they have a lot of tartar build up already, the brushing doesn't really do anything. She's lucky to have someone who cares enough to take care of it for her!

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Typically you should see a vet to assess their dental situation before trying brushing or any other methods at home. For exactly the reason you say. Often with bad dental situations there's a lot of oral pain and brushing can make things worse or just cause them a lot of discomfort.

Plus, if they have a lot of tartar build up already, the brushing doesn't really do anything. She's lucky to have someone who cares enough to take care of it for her!

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Ok! This seems to be the general consensus- I'll make sure its looked at next time she's in.

She has a fair amount, so that's good to know. She's a good little dog, I'm glad she's with us!

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