My dog has the mouth of a sewer. It came to light just how bad it was when recently a friend politely asked if I had farted. My dog had just yawned.
He is a Chihuahua – a small breed notoriously known for their overcrowded little mouths and dislike to chew things. Looking at his teeth, they didn’t look so bad to me. They were a big browner than I would like, but not reflective of the smell he produced whenever his mouth opened.
A dental check at the vet confirmed that his face should be labelled with a HAZCHEM sticker and he was promptly booked in for a dental scale.
As it turned out, no teeth needed removing but he did have some rotting food stuck to a back molar. He also needed his teeth cleaned – that was obvious.
Now, with white shiny teeth, I am determined to keep them that way. He races away from me whenever I go near him with a toothbrush, so I have to feed him special Dental kibbles that were recommended by the vet. He likes them, it’s easy for me to give them, it’s a win-win situation.
My friend however has a cat that will not eat special kibbles. He is “fussy” (aka spoiled). He does however have a quirk that I find hilarious. He loves his toothbrush and toothpaste! You can get different flavoured pet toothpaste; chicken, beef, cheese, biscuit and liver. Her cat is often found brushing his own teeth!
I think my dog needs a lesson.
By Ricci Trower