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How many teeth has your greyhound had extracted and at what age? Duke had 11 extracted at 7 years 10 months and most likely will need more extracted going on 8 years 10 months old.

 

What is a normal amount / age for our greyhounds?

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It can really vary. I've had three who at 10 years old who had not had any teeth extracted and another girl who had 23 teeth extracted at age 7 (came to me at age 7) only had 6 teeth left in her mouth after a dental at age 9! I've come to believe it is luck of the draw.

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I lost my first grey to bone cancer at 9 1/2 years of age. He never had a dental cleaning or any extractions in the 6 years I had him. However, we brushed his teeth with a finger cot and doggy toothpaste twice a day from the day we got him.

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Summit is 9.5 and has never even needed a cleaning. I'm super OCD about oral hygiene. They have to have their teeth brushed every day. They get safe chews on a regular basis. And we use a clinically proven water additive. I'm so OCD that when we go on vacation and board the dogs I have minor panic attacks knowing their teeth aren't being brushed for a whole week.

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Similar situation to Summit with Beth. 8.5 and with vigilant daily care has not needed a dental since her pre-adoption one at 2. BUT some hounds get dealt really crappy teeth genes and even with good care lose teeth.

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Mine is 7 and just had his first dental (3 teeth taken out). I brush EVERY single day, use a dental gel, plus he eats meaty bones every day, and he STILL needed one. ughh.... I am hoping this is his last. My 12 year old non-grey has perfect teeth and I don't do half of what I do for the greyhound!

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Summit is 9.5 and has never even needed a cleaning. I'm super OCD about oral hygiene. They have to have their teeth brushed every day. They get safe chews on a regular basis. And we use a clinically proven water additive. I'm so OCD that when we go on vacation and board the dogs I have minor panic attacks knowing their teeth aren't being brushed for a whole week.

I am still doing my research on greys and I'm sure dental hygiene will be my obsession as well. Can you share what the water additive is? And is it safe for other dogs? Thanks!

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I do clean his teeth with the finger brush and doggie toothpaste, maybe not as vigilantly as I should have but maybe it is just genetic in his case. Otherwise I have bad mommy guilt.

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I am still doing my research on greys and I'm sure dental hygiene will be my obsession as well. Can you share what the water additive is? And is it safe for other dogs? Thanks!

I use Healthy Mouth and recommend it to all my patients. It is all natural and clinically proven to help prevent dental disease (has the VOHC seal). You can only get it from your veterinarian. It is safe for healthy dogs. I always call to check if I have a patient with any health concerns (urinary crystals, pancreatitis, kidney disease, etc) to make sure it is safe for them to have. It's not as good as daily brushing (nothing is) but at least helps for those dogs who won't allow brushing. And cats... because no one ever wants to brush their cats' teeth for some reason. ;)

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I use Healthy Mouth and recommend it to all my patients. It is all natural and clinically proven to help prevent dental disease (has the VOHC seal). You can only get it from your veterinarian. It is safe for healthy dogs. I always call to check if I have a patient with any health concerns (urinary crystals, pancreatitis, kidney disease, etc) to make sure it is safe for them to have. It's not as good as daily brushing (nothing is) but at least helps for those dogs who won't allow brushing. And cats... because no one ever wants to brush their cats' teeth for some reason. ;)

Thank you! Thank you! Can you share a good way that show's how to brush?

 

To Op, I am glad you started this thread, and I understand some greys are born with bad teeth. I hope you aren't uncomfortable with my questions. I hope you don't mind.

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I have one grey who was simply born with bad teeth. When I adopted her at 5.5 years old, she had 4 teeth extracted prior to her adoption. When I got her my vet said "many " of her teeth are bad. At age 6 she got 23 teeth pulled. At 8.5 she got another 4 or 5 pulled. And at 9 yrs old, she just had another one pulled. So, now she has 7 teeth in her mouth and is doing everything she did before and eats just about everything too. Despite me brushing her teeth at least 3-4x /week (not a frequent as I should have), nothing could have prevented her from losing her teeth. Fingers crossed, she is done with that. Her oral specialist thinks she is.

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I have one grey who was simply born with bad teeth. When I adopted her at 5.5 years old, she had 4 teeth extracted prior to her adoption. When I got her my vet said "many " of her teeth are bad. At age 6 she got 23 teeth pulled. At 8.5 she got another 4 or 5 pulled. And at 9 yrs old, she just had another one pulled. So, now she has 7 teeth in her mouth and is doing everything she did before and eats just about everything too. Despite me brushing her teeth at least 3-4x /week (not a frequent as I should have), nothing could have prevented her from losing her teeth. Fingers crossed, she is done with that. Her oral specialist thinks she is.

This is very valuable information! And I appreciate it! Thanks so much

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NeverSayNever greyhounds has a tooth brushing video.

 

Thank you! Start at back, go straight with brush, and repeat on other side? Gently. Thank you so much!

 

ETA: some gentle circlular motions at canines.

 

Is that correct? It looks easy, but I understand that there are many variables.

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The vet marvels at Lucky's teeth. I clean them 4 days a week, she gets a piece of turkey neck every evening. Her teeth are beautiful, and I certainly hope they stay that way. I think its luck of the draw though.

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There is no "normal" number of extractions--perhaps you mean typical?

 

A dog who has drawn the periodontal disease straw is unlikely to benefit from tooth brushing--some of them just have really bad mouths--just like Siamese cats are genetically prone to bad mouths. One of mine had almost all of his teeth pulled when he was 6 years old.

 

George had good teeth. I had them cleaned when I adopted him, and never touched them again. Seven years later, he passed with pretty darn shiny clean teeth that were never brushed or otherwise fussed over.


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Billy (6) has had 11 out, always had issues with his teeth.

Misty (13) only 2

 

I recently switched to a raw food diet and the difference a good chew on some bones makes is huge.

 

Other than that, as said above, you need to be strict about teeth brushing. Sometimes if there is any odd bit of tartar buildup I give it a scale myself on that tooth.

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Impossible to really generalise.

 

First dog had one extraction because of a broken tooth which developed an abscess. He kept all the others (in good condition) to the end, which was when he was 13 1/2 years old.

 

Second dog left us at 10 yrs old with all of her teeth intact and in good condition.

 

Third dog lost one of her incisors (nobody knows how or when!) but the rest were all there and in good condition when we lost her at 10 years old.

 

Fourth dog came to us at 10 with quite a few teeth missing, and had to have more extractions later despite toothbrushing. He had sticky saliva and his muzzle was stained brown. His teeth gunked up really quickly. He ended up with all his canines still there, but missing all but three of the rest. He could still chew pig ears, but it took him forever!

 

Sid also has sticky saliva and brown staining. He's 10 1/2 years old. He's had to have three extractions, but I'm working on keeping the rest. Toothbrushing and tartar removal when necessary, plus plenty of good chews (like raw lamb ribs).

 

Jeffie came to us at 10 with half his teeth missing and some serious residual dental problems. He very quickly had to go back in for another dental when he lost all but five of his remaining teeth. Pity, really, because his teeth don't gunk up anywhere near as quickly as Sid's do. So he has five, and none of them oppose another tooth, so he does have problems with chewing.

 

 

When I say 'good condition', I mean intact, no tartar or plaque, but with some yellowing or browning of the enamel for the oldies.

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Summit is 9.5 and has never even needed a cleaning. I'm super OCD about oral hygiene. They have to have their teeth brushed every day. They get safe chews on a regular basis. And we use a clinically proven water additive. I'm so OCD that when we go on vacation and board the dogs I have minor panic attacks knowing their teeth aren't being brushed for a whole week.

 

Same. I have one who naturally has good teeth (Henry) and one with naturally bad (Truman). They both get brushed daily + water additive + dental chewies. I use Dental Fresh as a water additive. I can get the big daddy gallon jug of Dental Fresh on Amazon for cheap.

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Another toothbrushing video, this time with an electric toothbrush. Sid is missing the two teeth right at the back of his mouth at the top, so I don't go right back there, but normally you'd want to get the brush further into the cheek as in Never Say Never Greyhounds' video.

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I use Healthy Mouth as well, but I've realized it is most effective immediately following a cleaning. It doesn't do a really good job getting built up tartar - it's a maintenance thing IMO.

 

My boys have gone in for dentals pre-adoption, and once each so far in my ownership. I won't put Kasey under again, and I'm doing my darndest not to take Ryder in either but this might be happen early next year. I have found Leba III http://www.lebalab.com/ my go to before deciding to take them in for a dental. It's been a godsend for us. In addition, I give them colloidal silver orally to get rid of any nasty gingivitis.

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Just looking for those of you that have had greys with multiple extractions, I'm talking double digits. I remember a post from quite some time ago from someone whose grey had little to no teeth left. My Duke will have more puled in the next month, wanted to know how they do with very little teeth left.

 

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My Diamond lost 23 in one shot. She had a few teeth left, maybe 3. Once she healed from that she was fine. In fact she ate a lot better once her mouth was feeling all better. The only thing I didn't give her to eat were the big hard milkbone biscuits.

what do you feed her? I was thinking of grinding up his kibble one he has more pulled. What differences did you see after the extractions?

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