A quick shout-out on social media yielded these varied responses to doggie dental care. (Names redacted for privacy).

• “[I give my dog] Dentastix (a brand of dog treat that helps prevent plaque buildup), but this serves more to satisfy his need for chewing than as a daily dental routine. My previous dog lived for thirteen years and had no dental problems whatsoever.” – K

• “We brush our dog’s teeth twice a week during her bath. We use regular mint toothpaste and that toddler toothbrush that you put on your finger. We also give her Dentastix, but that’s more like a treat really.” – L

• “I give my babies raw, machine-cut beef bones at least once a week. It keeps their teeth clean and white.” –S

This story appeared in Animal Scene’s April 2015 issue.