|The dental aisle at PetSmart where you'll see|
brushing stuff, rawhide and bones
Despite brushing my teeth three times a week, mommy noticed that the back ones were turning yellow so she took me to the vet, concerned that I was too young for such problems. As if life wasn't bad enough for a dog that had to brush his teeth that often, the vet told mommy it was quite common for poodles to have these problems and recommended a dental cleaning! This meant I would have to be sedated and have my teeth scrubbed and polished until all the plaque had been removed. Although I wished beyond hope that it wouldn't work - so I'd never have to do it again - it did. My teeth were clean and mommy and the vet were very pleased. After that, he prescribed all sorts of things for mommy to help keep my teeth clean but when she read the ingredients on them she flipped out. She didn't want to put chemicals into my drinking water or have me chewing things that would make me fat so she sought professional help!
Professional help in the form of my aunty Anna in Australia! She comes from a family of poodle breeders so she knows everything there is to know about my kind and was the perfect person for mommy to speak to. She quickly set mommy straight and I'm so glad she did because the answer was something else beginning with 'B' that I love very much: BONES!!! She told mommy that raw chicken necks and other bones help keep a dog's teeth white and shiny and breath clean. I almost fell off the couch from wagging my tail so fast at this news!
Now we brush teeth just for fun cause Dorothy loves the taste of our doggy toothpaste and also because I think mommy just likes telling the vet that we do :) Other than that, it looks like I'll never need another vet-teeth-cleaning again in my life! All thanks to those yummy, terrific bones!