Dental work is so expensive in Israel. I always find myself grimacing after a visit to the dentist … because of what’s charged! Imagine my horror when I discovered that I have someone new to take to see the dentist, the veterinary dentist that is… My sweet Saluki hasn’t been taking care of her teeth. I don’t know how she’s done it, but she has dreadful brown stains on her back molars. Seeking to save the dentist bill, I tried to brush her teeth this morning. At first, not knowing not to, I tried to brush her teeth using human toothpaste. Well, Sweetie swallowed the toothpaste and wouldn’t let me scrub her teeth. Luckily she didn’t throw-up from the tooth paste.
I then discovered we have canine toothpaste. She didn’t like that as well as the human tooth paste, but this time she was on her guard against intrusion and wasn’t keen on having a tooth brush thrust in her mouth. Apparently, since she hasn’t been trained to it from puppy-hood, she won’t like to have her teeth brushed – but there are alternatives, such as rinses. Perhaps she’ll take kindly to that.
However, in the meantime, her teeth are still stained and she has a dark line by the gum which I’ve read means she needs a severe cleaning. I’ll have to get her to a dentist. They’ll anesthetize her and scrape her sharp teeth… and I’ll have to foot the bill.
What one does out of love of a pet.