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Old 11-01-2014, 09:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I went to vet on 10/30 and the vet was giving me tips and he said to brush his teeth every once in a while by wetting a q tip and rubbing his teeth.

He also said to give him rougher vegetables like broccoli and carrot so that they can kinda clean his teeth

He also suggested I get some teeth cleaning treat things that people give to their dogs so that his teeth will be clean.

Any ideas if this sounds legit or not?
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Old 11-11-2014, 04:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I went ahead and bought a greenie for my hedgehog. The size is "teenie".
Does anyone have any experience with this?
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Old 11-11-2014, 05:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Rougher veggies are fine, but should be steamed so they don't pose a choking hazard. I'm not sure how much teeth cleaning benefit they'd give that way, but I'm more concerned with the choking hazard than teeth cleaning! I suppose if you can get your hedgie to let you rub his teeth with a Q-tip, it can't hurt. I'm just not sure it's something that many people can easily do. I never did much to try and clean Lily's teeth (but she didn't have many issues with them either), but I did try the cat Greenies treats for her. She wasn't a huge fan, and I didn't bother pressing the issue. I decided to try them after someone else's vet recommended giving them a shot. I don't see the point though - no reason to feed if your hedgie won't eat it! I remember another member whose hedgie had pretty bad teeth was told by their vet to use a cat/dog toothpaste, put a little on a cricket, and feed that to the hedgie. If I remember right, hedgie ate it, but I'm not sure how much good it actually did.
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Old 11-11-2014, 11:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hmm alright. Yeah he doesn't really have any issues but I guess I'm just worried he might. And the greenie I got is for dogs. Just wanted to make sure it wasn't harmful for him.

I'll try giving him a bit and seeing if he likes it.
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