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Odd little stuff you didn’t know about dogs’ teeth

February is “National Pet Dental Health Month.” So go brush your dog’s teeth. Nuff said.

Okay, we’re lying. We have lots more to say about dogs’ teeth – but just because we came across some really weird stuff that turned out to be interesting. If you need help getting your dog to let you brush his teeth, we’ve written about it before – here. If your dog has stinky breath, brush her teeth and stop feeding her fish-based food. That last bit is the voice of experience. Torque is much more welcome to cuddle since we switched his food!

Lots and lots of them

A bulldog, running with its mouth open and the dogs teeth showing

First amazing dogs’ teeth fact: they have way more than we do! Adult dogs have 42 teeth. Adult people have 32 – including wisdom teeth. And those dog teeth are classic carnivore – the fronts are for tearing (which is why it hurts so much when they grab your hand instead of the toy) and the side/back ones are for gripping and gnawing. There is no such thing as an indestructible toy!

That huge one on the side is the “carnassial tooth. Its special shape and tooth surface is designed to help shear, crush and hold. This is why you see dogs grasp chew toys with the side of their mouth, chomping feverishly. This is also why you have to replace so many chew toys.” according to Pet Health Network.

Baby teeth

Apparently there’s a myth that gets passed around that dogs’ teeth are replaced when they lose them. Like sharks! But it’s not so! 

Dogs do have “puppy” or “milk” teeth, which they start losing at about 14 to 16 weeks. The dogs’ permanent teeth come in over the course of a couple of months. But that’s all they get. If a dog loses an adult tooth, they’re out of luck. Just like us. 

And, contrary to another myth, you can’t tell a dog’s age by his teeth. You can tell whether the dog’s adult teeth have come in. You may also be able to approximate age, based on how worn the teeth are, but a heavy chewer may have worn down their teeth at a young age. While an older dog who doesn’t love chew toys may not show much wear.

Other oddities

Dogs don’t usually get cavities. They have a different mouth chemistry and bacteria, which apparently makes them relatively immune from decay. 

The bite strength of a dog is almost twice that of a person. Humans average bite force is around 162 pounds per square inch. Dogs average bite force? 269 pounds per square inch. Unless you encounter a Rottweiler, which holds the record at 328 pounds per square inch. Luckily, the Rotties we know are sweethearts!

Size makes a difference

Small dogs are prone to different dental problems than big dogs. 

Big dogs are more likely to fracture teeth, which can lead to infection and tooth loss.

Small dogs are more prone to building up plaque, and are more likely to lose teeth because of gum disease. Toy dogs, in particular, may be born with imperfect dentition. We have personal experience with this – our Brussels Griffon Tango only has about a dozen teeth. But he still has all the ones he came with. Because we brush them. Go brush your dog’s teeth

Huh? Odd dog products we bet you haven’t seen

We’re always on the lookout for new, exciting, wonderful dog products. Mostly for the shop, but also for ourselves and our own dogs. 

Every once in a while, we come across something that doesn’t fit our “fun, affordable, practical” profile, but so special we take note. They make us scratch our heads, or say “oh, I don’t think so,” or maybe “that could work, maybe!” Or maybe not.

Dog products you have to see to believe

These are the ones that really caught our attention:

pug in a dryer

Puff-N-Fluff Dog Dryer. What a very good dog this Pug is! We can’t imagine our dogs having the patience to stand still, just out of the bath, for this. We don’t know what your dogs do straight out of the bathtub, but ours run around like maniacs rubbing themselves on every soft surface they can find.

slippers shaped like dogs

Custom Pet Slippers. Is it adorable or creepy to have slippers that look exactly like your dog? We’re not quite sure, but there are a couple of concerns that keep us from hitting the “buy” button. We’ve never spent that much on shoes, let alone slippers. And plush animals on the end of our legs seems like an invitation for our dogs to “get it!” “Kill it!” “Chew its face off!”

dog with head out car window

Pet Car Window Shade. Who would use this? Who would think of it and produce it? Does anyone really let their little dogs stick their heads out of car windows?  We suppose this is safer than just opening a window and letting the dog stick its head out – but just no.

dog on treadmill and woman on exercise bike

Dual Exerciser. We sort of, kind of, love this one. We can’t imagine dogs staying willingly on the treadmill without incentive (treats), but on those nasty-weather days it might be nice to “walk” the dog inside. We’re not sure if it comes in different sizes for larger dogs – but we’re not sure anybody would want one.

dachshund wearing tool-holding vest

Mechanic’s Helper. This one made us nostalgic. Hope’s Brussels Griffon Roc always loved to help her make repairs around the house. He was notorious for stealing her tools. She would reach for a pliers or a screwdriver and it wasn’t where she left it – Roc had carried it off! He never actually fixed anything. And he really didn’t “help.” But it was always nice to have the company.

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We hope you got a kick out of these and hope you’ll check out the rest of our shop for the real deal. Fun, affordable, and practical products – especially for small dogs