(After you read this post please see An update on Blossom's teeth cleaning for a little more information and some further thoughts on teeth cleaning for dogs)
She has had tartar build-up since she was about a year old. When she and Sawyer went in for their 4-year checkup the vet felt that it is time to do a cleaning. Of course, my question was, "how much does it cost," but that really didn't matter. It had to be done, so today was the day. I did pay extra for an OraVet treatment which is a plaque preventative. I'm hoping that the combination of really clean teeth and this treatment will prevent the return of the serious tartar buildup.
I've never thought of Blossom and Sawyer as being bonded, but this morning when I picked her up to take to the vet Sawyer was already in the kitchen. He began to softly whine, so I knew that he didn't want his little sister to leave!