Thanks for the info Debra. They are on HealthyMouth and brushing. Like Arwen, Tucker was diagnosed with CUPS, so we are trying to figure out what works best with him. I am hoping once a day is good, I get in a good two days of brushing usually on the weekends.
I tried the electric toothbrush with both dogs and it just does not work for me. They hate the sound, try to bite it more than a regular brush and I have a scar on my thumb where Becca thought it was part of the toothbrush. I tried it because Tuckers specialist recommended it. At the last cleaning he said we had turned his mouth around 180 which was a phenomenal relief, now I am trying to add brushing twice a day.
I used to use a guillotine style, but now exclusively use a dremel. You can shape the nail nicely with a Dremel and you can get a handheld one for about 60 dollars. You will get a feel for when you get close to the quick. When it starts to feel less hard like a nail and more gummy or soft you are getting too close. If you nick a quick with a dremel it will also bleed…that's too far, but you don't risk taking off a lot of the quick like you would using clippers. Think of the quick as the tip of your finger, you wouldn't want to cut that off!