Dental Care for Dogs
For even the most loving and attentive pet owners, dental care for dogs can sometimes be forgotten or overlooked until there is a problem. It is important to routinely check and maintain your fur-baby’s teeth. Serious dental conditions, such as periodontal disease can cause health problems. Dental disease can cause abscesses, tooth loss, or, in some cases, infection that can spread throughout the body, if left untreated. Below, we offer a few tips and suggestions to help keep your pup’s teeth as sparkly as their personality.
What to Check For
One of the first signs of a dental issue in your dog will be bad breath. Look for places where the gum may have pulled away from the teeth. Also check for tartar build up, broken teeth, and irritated or bleeding gums. Make sure your dog is not having any trouble eating or chewing. Some dogs with a dental problem will rub their mouth against their paws or furniture.
Proper Dental Hygiene
Dental care for dogs should include brushing their teeth every or every other day. If you start brushing when they are puppies it is easier, but at any age the benefits are worth the training. Brushing their teeth only once a week or every few days is not enough. Bacteria can begin to grow in as little as 24 to 36 hours. Make sure to use toothpaste specifically designed for dogs. Tooth wipes can also be used to help remove plaque. Be careful not to use “people” toothpaste as it may make your dog ill. The AKC recommends on their website several dog toothpaste brands. One type in particular is Virbac enzymatic toothpaste.
There are a variety of dog treats that will help keep your dog’s teeth clean in between brushings. Be careful which treats you give them, especially-hard treats such as real bones, can damage teeth.
Professional Check-up and Cleaning
Dental care for dogs should also include an annual dental check-up and cleaning by a professional. This is the best way to maintain your dog’s dental health. Your veterinarian will have the experience to better prevent, identify, and treat any dental issues that your dog may be experiencing.
Making time for your dog’s dental health is a commitment that will help keep your four-legged friend healthy and grinning.
For more information about dental care for dogs or general questions you can contact:
Christi Phillips, CPDT with Posh Paws Pet Care, LLC
Visit our website at PoshPawsPetCareSC.com
Or send us a note from our contact page here.