Do you brush your pet's teeth?

United States
February 20, 2007 2:18pm CST
Do you brush your pet's teeth? Or do you take them to the vet to get their teeth cleaned? I have 4 cats and they won't let me get close enough to them to brush their teeth. And holding them down long enough to brush would mean lots of scratches for me. Brushing my cats' teeth would be like trying to give them a bath.
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• Turkey
21 Feb 07
I give my cats the dental pet treats that are available so I don't have to worry about brushing their teeth. However the Ginger one in my avatar picture does like to do his own, whenever I'm filing my nails he'll come and sit by me, bear his fangs and rub them on the nail file. At first I thought he was going to chew it, but if you hold it at the right angle he'll rub both sides of his teeth on the file. Its funny to watch, I'll have to get him to teach the other cat!!
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• United States
21 Feb 07
Ginger is just wanting to file his teeth so they are nice and sharp. lol
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• Turkey
21 Feb 07
I thought that at first but Honey - (not ginger sorry caps lock got stuck!) doesn't do the ends of the teeth he only does the sides
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• United States
3 Mar 07
No way. I have enough of a hard time trying to trim their claws. A toothbrush, nooooooooooooo. I have tried, and they get so stressed out. So, I just give them dry food and good dry treats and hope that helps the tarter a little.
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• United States
3 Mar 07
Trimming the cat's claws - that's something that I haven't tried. I don't think that they would hold still for trimming anymore than they do for tooth brushing.
• India
21 Feb 07
Give them some good tasting jelly along with toothpaste so that they will u to brush them
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• Canada
12 Apr 07
My cat would never let me get close enough to him to brust his teeth!!! He'd bite my fingers off.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I never brush my cats teeth because they don't like me putting my fingers in their mouths. Usually if the vet says they really need a cleaning, I will let them do it if it is absolutely necessary because they have to be put under anesthesia for it. My vet usually won't clean their teeth unless it looks like they have a tooth that needs to come out or if they have very bad gums. I have known of some vets who like to have the cats teeth cleaned every year but I don't want my cats to be put under anesthesia unless they really have to be.
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• Philippines
23 Feb 07
i have a dog but never had a chance to brush her teeth, the last time i did that when she was still a puppy
• India
21 Feb 07
I will brush my pet teeth as once in a week.
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@gabs8513 (48687)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb 07
Lololol would you like to clean Gissi,s lol you have heard him when he gets mad. I buy Gissi the Dental Sticks which do the Job for him and he loves them to. Lol Gissi is only little but I buy him the ones for the Big Dog. His Teeth are in very good Condition so I know they are helping him.
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@sj_chaudhry (1537)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
my cats alsow ont allow me to clean their teeth. they even not very much into bathing.. it is very difficult to keep them clean.
@XxAngelxX (2830)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
HAHAHA I'm just trying to get a mental image of trying to brush my guinea pigs' teeth, lol. I don't brush any of my animals teeth, I do buy treats for the dog and the guinea pig which are suppose to aid in the cleaning process, the cat is far too fussy for stuff like that...she firmly believes she is ABOVE treats, lol. I can't imagine even making an attempt at cleaning any of their teeth.
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@taramoon (740)
• Spain
20 Feb 07
LOL i never brush my cats teeth would have my eye's scratched out, you can get them treat that do it for you and the cats love me, and gives them a nice fresh breathe espesially when you give them snoggies on the noozie, like i do mine xxx
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@bkfuels (1603)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
I have done this from time to time. I bought tooth paste for them from the vet. It was like ten dollars I would never spend that on tooth paste for myself. What we won't do for our pet!!!! They do not like when I bruxh them I'm sure the toothpaste will last me a life time.
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• Philippines
21 Feb 07
I brush my dogs teeth with fruit toothpaste (his favorite) and he usually grabs the toothbrush away from me and nibble it. lol. Seriously, he loves the taste of toothpaste!
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@blackbriar (9078)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I tried the teeth brushing with my dogs a few times but gave up. Both my dogs and cats get dental treats every day and their teeth are in great shape. Especially for my 10yr.old cat that I have pictured.