Dental Hygiene

June 28, 2010

Clean Teeth

That’s my big tooth, in case you’re wondering. Tess asked me to bark about how we keep our teeth clean, so here goes. When Tess arrived her teeth were a mess. She must have been eating some kind of slop because she had yucky yellow scum all over her teeth.

Mom took Tess to our vet, Dr. Brad Evergreen. He said if Tess didn’t get the gunk off her teeth soon she would have to have her teeth cleaned. Dr. Brad tries to fix things naturally instead of jumping straight to pills or shots. So he suggested Tess eat some raw frozen turkey necks to clean her teeth.

Turns out turkey necks are not easy to find in grocery stores. Mom found some in pet stores, but they were real expensive. One day she asked the local grocery store if she could order some turkey necks.

Frozen Turkey Neck

Good thing for us dogs. They come in one big thirty pound pile all frozen together and cost less than $1 a pound. Mom spent an hour separating them and putting them in smaller bags and now we have enough for a few months.

Tess got her frozen turkey neck first. She got this wild look in her eye and ran off to the corner of the yard to eat her prize. It took her about five minutes. When Tess was finished, mom looked at her teeth and started laughing with joy. All the yellow scum was gone and Tess had beautiful white shiny teeth even in the back of her mouth.

I got my first neck that same day. My teeth were never scummy like Tess, but they could use a little scrubbing once in a while. Oh man, I loved that frozen turkey neck. I didn’t get a wild look but I grabbed it with both my paws and ate it like a popsicle. It was like the best dessert I ever had.

When Jack joined our pack his teeth were a horrible mess. Some are broken, some missing and the rest were a nasty looking shade of brown. The day he got his first turkey neck he didn’t know what to do with it. He tried to give it back to mom. She laughed and sat down with Jack on the floor. She held it for him until he understood it was really his. Then with his funny crooked mouth he smiled and chewed until it was all gone. Even his teeth got white!

So that’s how we keep our teeth clean and bright in our pack. Thanks Dr. Brad!

4 Responses to “ Dental Hygiene ”

  1. Cally on July 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Asher,
    Thanks for the tip on the teeth whiteners! You are one smart dog. Keep up the great blogging 🙂

  2. etta on July 9, 2010 at 8:58 am

    ahem, I believe it was Julia who whispered in Asher’s ear about turkey necks. Glad you found such a good source for them. (BTW, she is 100 percent healthy and looks forward to seeing her dog buddies.)

  3. Asher on July 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Oh boy, it’s true. I totally forgot that we heard about the turkey necks from Dr. Brad AND Julia. Mea culpa, or just call me bad dog. Sorry Julia!

  4. Zag on July 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    ..need information on where to get them…Zag and Rhett, no scum yet but could be any day you know! You don’t want that when we come in Sept. do you?!!!

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