Besides brushing my dog’s teeth regularly, I also make sure his teeth is free from plaque.
Chester has his teeth scaled once (during his first aural hematoma surgery). Yup the vet did both scaling and hematoma surgery at one go. She told me he was gritting his teeth during scaling (in semi-conscious state). Though the result is a pretty clean teeth (still a bit yellowish) I don’t think it’s worth the effort to have him go through such an episode again. If you read Chester’s first aural hematoma surgery post you’ll get the drill.
Few years back, I found a way to remove plaque from my dog’s teeth using a simple tool found in almost every home.
Are you ready to see what it is?
It’s a stainless steel nail file (use for manicure/pedicure).
In fact this is my very favorite nail file. Since my dog is using it now, I haven’t found a good nail file ever since. Bought those from pharmacy (e.g. Guardian) which bleeds my fingers. Blah!
Anyway back to the story.
You just can’t simply use a nail file on your dog’s teeth. First and most important rule is make sure the nail file doesn’t have sharp end and side that can hurt your dog’s gum and teeth. Get a good quality one. Mine was made in Japan. Second, make sure your dog allow you to use the nail file to remove his plaque. Try a few times and if your dog resisted, then it’s a no go.
I’m lucky that my dog trusted me. He’ll just lie down and let me pick at the plaque. No treats whatsoever. Yes seriously. Here I’m just doing a demo. Hahaha But then after placing the camera down, I thought what the heck? Just remove his plaque la since it’s been quite awhile.
So this is the plaque that I removed from my dog’s teeth.
Damn good boy! Happy dog, happy owner hahaha 🙂