World on Wednesday | No. 01

April 6, 2011 § 5 Comments

Since we’re on the topic of canine oral health this week, we thought it would be timely to share with you the heart-wrenching story of Pudding and the ordeal he had to face after his owners neglected to care for his dental needs. Pudding’s story was published last week in The Vancouver Sun newspaper and rapidly received Online attention.

Pudding’s former owners (he has, thankfully, been rehomed) failed to properly care for his teeth and ignored the situation even as it got worse—they are now being charged with animal cruelty. Pudding was diagnosed with severe periodontal disease and was suffering in pain. The attending vet had to extract 14 teeth from little Pudding’s mouth. There is no reason why any animal should have to endure such a dreadful (and preventable) agony.

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As new dog owners, MM and I still trying to establish a daily rhythm with Maple—we have the meal times down pat, the walks scheduled, the water bowl frequently changed and re-filled, the litter box regularly cleaned, and so on. BUT, we mustn’t forget to integrate teeth-brushing as part of Maple’s daily routine. After all, we don’t need any reminding to brush our own teeth, so why not follow the same prudence in caring our four-legged companions.

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It’s Wednesday—time to blog hop!

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§ 5 Responses to World on Wednesday | No. 01

  • didiwright says:

    Poor little Pudding, I really feel for the poor soul. Some people should be shot, in my opinion. Someone I know rescued a little whippet girl about a year ago and her teeth were in a terrible state, too. She lost a couple that couldn’t be saved, but 12!! Poor mite, I’m happy he’s in better hands and care now.
    This is a wonderful post to remind us all of how important the oral hygiene of our fur babies is. I try to brush George’s teeth regularly. He lets me do it until he gets bored and then tries to chew the toothbrush, but perseverence is key. He also gets plenty of bones to gnaw on, and these have the best toothbrush effect by miles.

    I think you’re doing a great job with Maple, I’ve noticed before how pearly white her teeth are!

    I love the

    • Why, thanks—Maple’s teeth look pretty good for now because she’s still young. Sometimes, I take for granted her young age, which is why I thought of devoting this week to posts on oral hygiene. I hope to get back on track with the regular brushing of Maple’s teeth! You’re right, as time-consuming as it can be, perseverence is what it takes to get through the task. I really love the idea of raw bones (and hope to try it some day).

      P.s. I think your last sentence got chopped off by WordPress šŸ˜

      • didiwright says:

        Oh, yes, fancy the level of censorship! And all I was saying was that I love the illustration you made of Maple, the handcuffs and the false teeth šŸ™‚

  • Yay…love that you’re still using Scribd. Isn’t it great?!

    My hubby is in charge of brushing Gus’s teeth. We’ve had good luck with the finger toothbrushes. Hopefully Miss Maple will behavior better than Gus does when he gets his toofers brushed. šŸ™‚

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