|Purred: Wed Mar 11, '09 10:17pm PST |
|I have consolidated this thread with the much shorter smaller "Dental issues" and "Vet teeth cleaning" threads. This thread will remain open for discussion of dental health and care.
Relevant content of the "Dental Issues" thread, about commercially available teeth-cleaning water additives and pet treats, follows:
4/29/07 Isaac posted: I vounder, have any of ju kitties used a product for tarter/plaque build-up zat is placed in drinking water? Zee staff member noticed dis product at ze Petsmart. It claims to be "tasteless" but she vas unsure whether to try as is dangerous if we not drink enough water. Any experience out there with this product?
Ju see, my little brother Pedro has developed startling dental issues. Ze boy is just going to be 2 zis June und had to have 2 teeth pulled last week!! Zees kids I tell ju, just do not vant to brush!! Ze vet gave us somezing called OraZn...a gel to apply to ze gum line everyday. Is supposed to help w/tarter/plaque without brushing. Have any of ju used that? If so, vut vere ze results?
04/29/07 Scooter said: I haven't tried either of those, but Mom also wondered about the stuff you add to water. She had the same fear, that it would stop me from drinking the water if I detect it.
If you have more than one water dish, your mom could add it to just one dish to see whether you start avoiding that one.
Also, I drink distilled water, so Mom figured she could add the stuff to an entire gallon of my water, so that it's in the right proportion and she won't have to measure each time she changes my water. If you drink tap water, your mom could mix up a gallon's worth at a time and use from it.
05/01/07 Cookie said: I've been eating Dentabites by Whiskas Temptations. They contain chlorophyll, which works on plaque and tartar, and is way easier for everyone than brushing our teeth. Ms. Simba recommended them to me, because I found that all the other tartar/plaque control treats were too crunchy for my olde teeth, and she had the same problem. I love water just the way it is, and I don't know if I would go for it tasting like something else.
05/01/07 Simon said: Meowmie's furriend's cat stopped drinking and the furriend didn't notice... kittie got sick, but did recover. Since then meowmie is very cautious. My teeth are kinda icky, but if I am sleepy I let meowmie scale them with a dental tool. My diet is so limited and carefully balanced because of recurrent pancreatitis and heart trouble that meowmie and the vet decided to leave my teethies alone from a toothpaste or water-additive standpoint. just the pickin, nuthin else. Meowmie doesn't believe me when I tell her that TUNA has natural dental cleansing agents...
06/22/07 Taz said: Mommy tried that water additive stuff. She didn't put much in just to be safe but I didn't notice a change, but my teeth are really bad. Dental treats and brushing is probably best. And yes TUNA! (lots of it)
06/22/07 The "other" Albuquerque Scooter said: Hi kitties-well I don't have any teeth left, so I can't help much. Except to say how important it is to go to the vet for checkups- my teeth were so bad, they all had to be pulled. My mommy felt soooo terrible!
But now I eat whatever I want! My mommy figures, I am an old lady, she just wants me to be happy!
Relevant content of "Vet teeth cleaning" posts, about the safety of veterinary teeth cleaning and anesthesia for Olde Furts; the less invasive "treat" option; and chewing behavior follows:
09/16/08 Misha posted: Any Olde Furs get their teeth cleaned by the vet lately? How did you do? My Mum is afraid to let the vet put me to sleep for the procedure. Is she a worry wart? I have diabetes but it is under control right now with special food and Glipizide. I told Mum that I am only going to get older and my teeth dirtier. What do you think?
09/16/08 Flower posted: Misha, I and Momma think that you should get at least two vets opinion on getting your teeth cleaned. The vet you've been seeing should have a good idea whether it would be worth the risk. Momma won't have me "put under" because of my age and I don't have any real health issues. If you've had it done before and had no bad effects, it might be a valid option, but the risk is always there. That's why Momma likes to brush our teeth, even though we don't really like it. Has your Mom tried using her fingernail to scrape the tartar down from the gum? Then using a cotton ball or pad and hydrogen peroxide, she can wipe from the top of the tooth down.
09/16/08 Misha replied: I have never had my teeth done. I don't act like my teeth hurt but I chew everything 100 times. Sometimes I start chewing while Mum is getting my food. Weird right? I'll ask my Mum to look into those cet chews. I love treats!
09/23/08 Scootersaid: Are you chewing or "licking" while your Mum is getting your food ready? Sometimes when my tummy is upset or nauseous, I lick, lick, lick my lips when Mom brings food near me. I might even lick my lips but turn my head away from the food and not eat.
09/23/08 Misha said: I chew and chew. Pop says it looks like a cow chewing her cud. I don't think that's funny. But he laughs! Ha!
I am sorry you get a sick tummy sometimes.
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