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Posted by: jo | 2012/04/10

Jack russells teath

Good Day,
Please can you assist? How do I know if my 4 year old Jack Russell''''s teath need scaling by a vet? I brush his teath weekly but there still seems to be some brown build up on his teath.
thanks,
Jo

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Hi Jo, it really is difficult to answer this as I cant see them! If your are taking good care of the teeth, scaling is not normally required at such a young age. However, there could have been damage to the teeth due to illness etc, and I would honestly suggest that you give your vet a ring, who knows your dog and see what they say. Personally I would suggest trying to get into the habit of brushing daily. I know this a bit of a mission, but just as only brushing our teeth once a week will affect them, so too with a dog. also make sure you are using a 'doggy' toothpaste and you can help the teeth further by giving one of the dental chews daily. Sorry cant be more help!

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Posted by: Dog Behaviour Expert | 2012/04/11

Hi Jo, it really is difficult to answer this as I cant see them! If your are taking good care of the teeth, scaling is not normally required at such a young age. However, there could have been damage to the teeth due to illness etc, and I would honestly suggest that you give your vet a ring, who knows your dog and see what they say. Personally I would suggest trying to get into the habit of brushing daily. I know this a bit of a mission, but just as only brushing our teeth once a week will affect them, so too with a dog. also make sure you are using a 'doggy' toothpaste and you can help the teeth further by giving one of the dental chews daily. Sorry cant be more help!

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