Doberman Teeth

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Since you guys are my go-to source for everything Doberman, I have a quick question.  How do you guys care for their teeth?

Our Cav has terrible teeth, probably due to a poor bite and a short muzzle.  We have had her teeth professionally cleaned, we put Ora-Vet gel on her teeth once a week, we brush them sporadically, and give her dental chews.  Her teeth still look terrible and her breath is nasty.  But we are doing the best we can, and will probably have them cleaned again in another 6 months.

But on a doberman, he muzzle is much longer and his bite seems to be straight.  Do we still have to brush them (I know we should, but is that what you guys normally do?) Or does a dental chew do the trick?  Anyone with an older doberman, have they had to have their teeth pulled?

So simply put, what it your normal dental care for a doberman?

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I brush Ziva's teeth---not as often as I should, but I still do it at least a couple times a week.  She loves having it done.  My little dogs get their teeth cleaned once every couple of years, and they always look nasty on the older ones.

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Thanks ZD!  So you brush a couple of times a week?  Thats really good!  We tried brushing Harley's teeth today and it wasn't so bad.  He didn't fight at all.  Ellie's teeth are so bad and she fights us so hard when it comes to brushing... its probably why we never get to her back teeth.  We'll keep trying!

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I also brush...my  Bella doesn't seem to mind it at all, actually seems to like it.  I try for twice a week, although I think it should be done more often.  I also let her chew a hard sterilized bone.  My Sofi had beautiful white teeth at 10 years of age and she mostly kept them clean by chewing hard bones...

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Ziva enjoys having her teeth brushed, and I really should do it more often.

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Aw, good girl Ziva!

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What a good girl.. she certainly is special!

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Kay loves having her teeth brushed...I purchased some of that meat-tasting doggy toothpaste, just so she'd get something out of the "brush times", but there's no need to use dog toothpaste. I think the majority of people just use a toothbrush dipped in luke-warm water.

 

I rarely brush her teeth...She gets a lot of knuckle bones, which are gnawed on on a daily basis, and all of her teeth are fairly straight (and white...) Until they start falling out (oe), I think I'll let nature do the work!

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Thanks for the input guys!! I love that pic of Ziva, she is such a good girl!  Both Harley and Ellie fight us, even with the meat tasting tooth paste.  We'll just have to keep working at it.  

I don't know too much about doberman health, but Cavaliers have terrible heart problems (about 60% of them die of mitral valve syndrome and most of them have heart murmers), so it is so important to keep their teeth clean.

faustacaso, I can only hope that Harley's teeth stay white at 10 years of age!  That is SO impressive!

I really don't do much for their teeth - a raw beef marrow bone will keep them pretty clean... not too much marrow as it will give them the runs!

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Fitzmar, my husband is concerned that chewing on the hard knuckle bones will chip his teeth.  He is a pretty agreesive chewer.  And it did chip his baby teeth.  Is that a real concern with his adult teeth?  The knuckle bone we bought him is from the pet store.  Would one from the butcher be better?

Thanks!

breaking a tooth is always a possibility, but it has never happened to me yet....knock on wood!!

I like the long leg bones for raw, and I don't let them have them long.  My dogs only get bones in their crates since the two girls will fight over things like bones.

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I wish Sofia would gnaw a little longer.. she gets the marrow out then disgards the rest. We used to brush several times a week.. since we moved, I've misplaced her brush and this is a good reminder for me to go get a new one and get back into the habit.. Thanks all!!

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When he was younger I would brush his teeth every evening.  Anymore it's a couple times a week.  I should do it more often though.  He doesn't mind it, I think he likes the taste of the toothpaste it's almost hard to get him to stop liking the brush to get in there :)

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I brush Regan's teeth a few times a week. I tried the pet toothbrush, but it was hard to manage it inside his mouth, especially towards the back molars. Then I tried using a soft washcloth wrapped around my finger- that actually worked fairly well, but it was bulky. Now I use the finger brush,and it is working better than the other ways. Just slip over a finger and brush away. Regan is so good- I know he doesn't look forward to brushing time, but all I have to do is get the tube of paste and the brush and sit down,a nd he'll come right over and sit in front of me. The paste is a vanilla-flavored delicacy, and judging by the way he licks his lips, he likes it.

i do give him dental chews, but no bones at all except chicken necks and raw spareribs. He is such an aggressive chewer that his lower canines are worn down a bit. he used to get bones, but no more.

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I brush once a week. When he was a smaller puppy- it was 3 times a week. Build it up by using your finger, then the brush for longer periods each time.

The kit I believe came from PetSmart. But I got 3-4 from dog events that vendors were giving for free.

Also, I ALWAYS give bones/chews. That helps more than you could ever believe. Ropes as well. I do not do greenies. I read somewhere (I have no clue where now) that greenies can be harmful to some breeds. So I stay away from those. Alot of the dental chews have gelatin and other odd products in them. Just read the labels -- I wouldn't suggest it daily, maybe every now and again. 

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I know I should be their rep - but I live by PorkChomps products. Marrow and other knuckles make Laith sick. And other bones have too many products that I have no clue what they are! 

PetStages as a line of blue products (Like Orka, flyers) that Laith loves to just chew. And they haven't broken yet (knock on wood). It has been a year and he will still sit in the corner with the ball in his mouth and just chew. It probably helps as well because of the ridges. 

Kibble is always a plus too. Hard treats. :)