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2:48pm, 23 May 2016
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Lovely pictures of the baby Jess. :-)
Your plans all sound good D2.. but you are right, sometimes the dogs do think they know best when it comes to plans ;-)

Confining them to certain areas of the house is a good idea until you are as sure as you can be that no little 'accidents' will occur and that they have grown out of any chewing tendencies I think.

Wanda still mainly lives downstairs but we no longer have the stairgate in place and although she isn't encouraged upstairs I am more tolerant of it - although it's bad enough vacuuming up little brindle hairs from the downstairs floors so I'm reluctant for her to spend too much time on our pale carpets upstairs too :-)
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4:10pm, 23 May 2016
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My containing plans are only for the period when I wont be able to trust him not to wee or chew or disappear after that it will be no holds bared apart from my bed. :-) That of course is the plan, hereinafter to be known as "the plan" :-)
1:58pm, 25 May 2016
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Question: do you all brush your dog's teeth every day? It's not something I've done up to now, I was told by the vet that there was no need whilst Charlie had puppy teeeth. But he's getting his adult teeth now so I'm wondering if I should be doing something.
I seem to remember a discussion about Dentastix earlier in the thread, but I can't find it now.
2:08pm, 25 May 2016
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I've never attempted this, and rely on a diet of dry dog food to keep things in check. In fairness, they usually get a 'some tarter, but nothing to bad' diagnosis as their vet check-ups, so I could do better. Dentastix work for the Whippet, but the Labrador breaks them with one bite and then swallows them in seconds.
3:28pm, 25 May 2016
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I have never brushed Wanda's teeth and envisage that if I tried to, any implement used would be chewed up and swallowed within seconds :-O

She has dentastix from time to time but they also get eaten in about one or two bites.

She does have a big plastic bone with a flavoured centre (called a 'marrow bone' or Nyla bone) which is supposed to have some teeth cleaning effect. It's her favourite toy and she has a good old chew of it most days (we are now on about the 4th one we've had I think, they last for ages) so that's the closest we get to teeth cleaning.

She needs to have her kennel cough vaccine again soon (at training today they said they are not putting down shared water bowls for the dogs at the moment because one or two have had kennel cough and they don't want to run the risk of spreading it) so I may ask the vet then to look at her teeth (Ha! Good luck with that then Mr Vet!)
4:03pm, 25 May 2016
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Jet eats Dentastix in a couple fo bites and they have no cleaning effect.
We have been trying to teach him to accept a toothbrush - he's nearly four years old and hasn't accepted it yet.
So he has 'some tarter, but nothing to bad', and we use dried dog food to limit the damage.
4:51pm, 25 May 2016
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Floss gets exactly the same comment from the vet, but she too has dry food and a Dentastix every night when we sit down with our post supper tea and coffee. She makes short work of them but not as quick as our last dog who seemed to swallow them whole :-O

I did buy a canine toothbrush and toothpaste for Flossie but...let's say it was not very successful ;-)
4:51pm, 25 May 2016
14279 posts
Floss gets exactly the same comment from the vet, but she too has dry food and a Dentastix every night when we sit down with our post supper tea and coffee. She makes short work of them but not as quick as our last dog who seemed to swallow them whole :-O

I did buy a canine toothbrush and toothpaste for Flossie but...let's say it was not very successful ;-)
4:59pm, 25 May 2016
3130 posts
I have a doggy toothbrush and toothpaste on the table behind me now. Jet likes licking the toothpast off our fingers...

On a pastoral visit today I met a 12 year old Cocker Spaniel that is rather unwell, and has Cushings disease. Even an elderly dog with milky eyes and arthritic gait was still recognisably CS, friendly, and he happily sat while I tickled his ears. :-)
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