It seemed so ludicrous. Our trainer wanted us to brush Denali's teeth. Seriously, she expected me to put my hand in his mouth ... and him to let me? Yep. And she wanted me to do it every day.
As I'm sure you can tell, I wasn't that excited. I had assumed his dental care would be satisfied by bones and special treats. It's that thought, though, that can cause bad breath, gum disease and premature loss of teeth in dogs. My husband and I certainly don't want Denali to lose his teeth. How ever could he lock down on the poor squirrels he chases?
We headed out to the pet store for appropriate dental hygiene products (human brushes are harsh and our toothpaste foams too much, hurting doggies' stomachs). We were shocked a bit by the price - $12.99 for the low end dental kit. But hey, we all know pets can be pricey - especially if you've read Amanda Beglin's blog.
As shocking as the price was, I was just as shocked at how much Denali liked the taste of the toothpaste. I could barely move the brush around because he wanted to lick his teeth and eat the brush. It could have been worse - he could have wanted to eat my hand.
I'm not sure how effective I was in cleaning his teeth but I'll be getting in daily practice for, oh, the next 13 to 14 years.