Tuesday Haikusday: The Teeth

You may have all noticed my absence last week. Well, my absence was due to Doodle’s abscess. You see, despite MomFOD’s frequent brushings, Doodle (our dog) somehow managed to get dental disease. Sadly, she had to have many teeth pulled and it happened on Tuesday Haikusday and there was much fuss over the dog. Anyway, she’s better now, but she has inspired me to wax poetic about teeth.

Eh hem…


Crepes Haiku Zen Cat

Glistening white, sharp

Used to eat and to wake you

When it’s time to eat.


Chewing, Brushing, Care

Is needed to keep them clean.

You must brush the teeth.


Unhealthy teeth cause

heart disease and other pain.

Do not ignore teeth.

Alana here for a moment. For many years, I brushed Doodle’s teeth. I wiped them clean, I used a toothbrush and doggie toothpaste. I even fed her a raw diet. And yet, still, I noticed one wiggly tooth that started receding. The doctor and I watched it for four months and still it wouldn’t fall out, so we scheduled a cleaning and extraction. It turns out she had six teeth that needed pulling. And now she seems in improved mood, she’s not licking her lips all the time, and her breath smells lovely and fresh.

If your buddies suddenly have bad breath or you notice any loose teeth, you should not ignore it. While dentals can be expensive, in the long run, they can save your friend’s life. Infected teeth can lead to heart disease and other life-threatening infections. If you don’t already brush, start doing it! It is really more important than you might have ever thought.


Crepes and Alana.

11 thoughts on “Tuesday Haikusday: The Teeth

  1. Wish I knew this before my Bud passed from heart disease that came on very quickly after we discovered an abscessed tooth. (sigh) Thanks for the heads up!

  2. doodle…..we iz sorree ya had ta haz teeth ree mooved…we hope de vet dood gived em bak two ewe; coz if ya put em under yur pillow at nite time; when ya wakez up; they will haz terned inta 50’s and 100’s !!!

    sa~wheat huh

    hope ya get ta feelin way mor better ♥♥♥

  3. My human is very serious about caring for her own teeth, and I get tooth brushings. But sometimes it just boils down to genetics on how they do in the long run.

  4. Glad to hear Doodle is feeling much better after her dental. Six teeth are a lot to loose at one time. I will be keeping a closer eye on my dogs teeth from now on.

  5. Hope Doodle is feeling better. Mom tries to take care of our teeth but sometimes she slacks off–Thanks for the reminder!

    Fangs are important.
    Part of the defense system.
    Bitey, Bitey, Chomp!

    Razor sharp. Ready
    to punish sleeping humans.
    Better feed me now!

    See the kitty smile.
    Our tiny little daggers.
    Keep them healthy, Please!

    Serafina, Arya, Iggy, Teddy, and Useless

    Pee Ess: It is Declaw Awareness Day. Please visit City the Kitty.

  6. We’re so glad that Doodle is feeling good now.
    We (and our human) thank you for your warm kind words on the sudden passing of our 19-year-old Tanya. It is comforting to know that you care and love animals just as much.
    Purrs, headbutts and hugs.

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