Yesterday Oscar had to get his teeth cleaned at the vet. For those of you out there who do not have dogs, this is actually a lot more complicated than you would think (and a LOT more expensive!).
When the vet has to clean a dog's teeth, they need to put him under anesthesia. This is for the dog's comfort and safety as well as the doctor. So this is an all day event that involves drugs and procedures and a lot of our money. The reason Oscar needed his teeth cleaned was because he had a lot of plaque build-up. He didn't have any infections or signs of gum disease (and his breath hasn't been too stinky) but the doctor recommended it as a precautionary measure to prevent any future problems.
Anthony thinks the vet just wanted our money. I told him that they probably did want our money, but that they also care about the health of our dog. (we go to a great office, they love the animals!) If we want him to live a long happy life without bad breath, we need to take better care of his teeth. We don't brush his teeth as often as we should. Which we have NO excuse for, since Oscar loves to have his teeth brushed. I think he likes to eat the toothpaste (it's beef flavored) more than opening his mouth to let us brush, but he does enjoy it. :)
We also don't give him enough bones or hard chew toys to chew on. If we did, the chewing would remove some of the plaque on his teeth as well. So lucky Oscar, we are going to give him more bones!
When Oscar first came home, he was still under the influence of the drugs. His eyes had that funny look and his tail was down. He was being very low-key actually. He ate some food which was good and basically just wanted to cuddle in my lap. Once Oscar was feeling better, I decided to check out his teeth...and WOW I was impressed. They were WHITE (not yellow) and he looked great. Now it's my job to keep them looking that way.
And lucky for you, all my readers, I have a picture of his Hollywood smile: (with help from me)