Category Archives: Dental Issues

Tooth Root Abscesses and Swelling Under the Eye in the Canine

Canine tooth root abscesses are common, and sometimes there’s more than meets the eye. What if it’s cancer from Apoquel? How can you tell? What should you do? How do you treat a tooth root abscess, antibiotics? Is it always ‘yanking the tooth’?

Canine tooth root abscess management

Management of a canine tooth root is usually associated with,

…or followed by the use of a non steroidal anti-inflammatory like Deramax, plus antibiotic therapy and my preference is a macrolide like Clindamycin which has decent bone penetration and can access and destroy the kind of gram negative germs that live anaerobically in pockets like abscesses and teeth roots.

canine tooth root abscess
canine tooth root abscess video

Just Saw The Most Amazing Mouth – Dental Spray Recommendation

Leba III Resulted in Amazing Dental Condition in Lexxie T.
Leba III Resulted in Amazing Dental Condition in Lexxie T.

So I just saw Lexxie T. the terrier and she has this mouth like, it’s brand new. And she’s ELEVEN years old.

So, what this owner did was have the teeth professionally cleaned. (We did it) and she IMMEDIATELY started on this Leba III dental spray. Just once a day, at night before bed. She opens Lexxie’s mouth and sprays ONE pump of spray onto her tongue and encourages her to go lay down and sleep. No water or food, just >spritz< and that’s it. Off to bed.

She also uses Dentastix. Lots of my clients give Dentastix but their dog’s mouths are ‘just okay’ like Toy Story II.

Lexxie’s teeth are unusual. And I think it’s the Leba III 

They’re sparse with the ingredients. And it’s made in Canada and the label’s primarily in French but there’s an English sig you can understand. I don’t know what’s in it, but it works.

Mrs. T said it was expensive, and it is, like $45 but a bottle will last months. That’s a better deal than Oxyfresh.


My Dog’s Teeth are Terrible But I’m Afraid Of The Anesthetic


1. Stink – To you, and even more so, to your dog.
2. Taste Bad – Imagine eating food with those teeth
3. Create a mist of germs for the lungs, with every inward breath
4. They hurt. Can you look at that and think it’s painless?
5. Last but not least the germs gain access to the blood stream. Ewwww.

If your dog’s teeth are rotting out, it’s miserable. Compare that to the risk of anesthesia. I mean, it’s NOT A SNAP DECISION but it’s an important one.

I have never, ever since 1996 lost a pet under anesthesia. It’s come a long way since the eighties.

If I had a dog with a rotting mouth, FOR ME, it’s a no-brainer I’d give my dog a break, from that honestly, regardless of risk

Don’t be shocked, but I’d (personally) rather take my chances on Bailey being among the 0.005% that dies from the process – as opposed to being among the many living with a decaying mouth.




Oxyfresh Water Additive for Dental Disinfection

Oxyfresh Water Additive for Dental Disinfection
Oxyfresh Water Additive for Dental Disinfection

fighting infections in dogs mouthsOxyfresh – Without Having to Read (lol)

Almost universally my clients report best results (in dogs with severe dental disease) using Oxyfresh double-strength. And no negative side effects.

Oxyfresh Water Additive for Dental Disinfection

Oxyfresh Water Additive for Dental Disinfection




How To Prevent Tartar Accumulation AFTER a Dental Scaling

How To Prevent Tartar Accumulation AFTER a Dental Scaling

Download – Once the dog has had its teeth scaled and polished, how can you prevent that ever needing to be done again? How can you prevent tartar from reforming on the teeth? I think it’s good to figure that out BEFORE the dog gets home from the dental. So I sometimes recommend “Oravet” Chews. They’re described here.


Dental Exercise In One Page!

Dental Exercise in One Page for Dogs

Dental exercise is incredibly important to dogs. It prevents a LOT of expensive health problems but most importantly, heart disease.

Not every dog wants to chew on a knucklebone. Some dogs won’t take a bone at all. But all is not lost.

Six different “kinds” of dental exercise are charted to show whether they provide scraping, disinfecting, deodorizing, stimulant or other dental benefits. None of them are perfect and all have some drawbacks. Figure that anything scrapey or hard enough to remove tartar could potentially crack a tooth, in some elderly dogs, even dry food. But well, it’s worth it.



Dental Scaling and Prophylaxis Will Preserve Longevity and Health in Dogs

I hate telling people that the reason their dog has a heart murmur is because of infection and rot in the poor dog’s mouth, so often, (if it’s after-the-fact) I won’t. What’s the point, the horse is out of the barn at that point so what I say is “If we clean the teeth it’s likely not to get worse.” Which is mostly true. But the fact of it, is that if they were on top of the teeth and kept the germs to a minimum the dog probably would actually never get a heart murmur.

In this document, I explain how that works, why the dogs get heart murmurs, what that means to the dog and what a “dental” is all about.’s-Life-…pdf

Knucklebones For Dogs

Knucklebones For Dogs

Knucklebones seem to be the best form of dental exercise for the largest percentage of dogs. It’s a scrapey dental exercise that rarely breaks teeth, (Have seen one case so far, only) and it’s a bone that’s hard (but not impossible) to splinter.

Fact is, that ANY dental exercise that’s scrapey enough to remove tartar could break a tooth.

And any bone can splinter.

And it’s ALSO a fact that any scrapey or ‘bone’ dental exercise can blunt or wear the apices of the teeth to result in worn teeth in later years.

But again, scrapey dental exercise keeps the teeth and gums hard and healthy, dental tartar to a minimum and saliva production heightened.

Here’s the long-and-short on Knucklebones.

Knucklebones in One Page Illustrated