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Dental Care for Dogs

January 15, 2015
Does your pup almost knock you out with his breath when he gives you doggy kisses? If so, your furry pal might have some dental issues. Dental problems are very common in dogs, but they are often left untreated. In this article, your vet Pickerington goes over some basics of caring for your canine buddy’s choppers.

Symptoms of Dental Issues in Dogs

Bad breath is one common indication of dental issues in our canine buddies, so if Fido’s doggy breath makes you cringe, he may have some problems with his teeth or gums. Bleeding gums and tartar buildup are also indications that your pup’s teeth need some attention. As your furry pal’s dental health declines, he may begin to ignore hard food, and favor soft food. He may not seem as interested in his chew toys. Excessive drooling, or bloody saliva, can also indicate dental problems.

Dangers of Dental Problems

Dental issues in dogs are far more than a cosmetic issue. Gum disease is painless and invisible to the naked eye in its early stages, but it can lead to serious issues if left untreated. Dogs with periodontal disease have a higher risk of developing heart problems and liver disease. Other dental issues, such as abscesses, loose teeth, and misaligned teeth, can be extremely painful and can make it hard for your furry pal to chew and eat.

Doggy Dental Care

The best way to safeguard your pup’s dental health is to brush his teeth. This will be much easier if you start when your dog is a puppy. You may still be able to train an adult canine to tolerate brushing, though some dogs are more tolerant than others. Start by handling your furry pal’s lips and teeth, and gently massaging his gums. Follow each session with a treat. Then, using a toothpaste made for dogs, try brushing a few of his teeth. You don’t have to do his entire mouth at once. Just brush a few teeth each day. If Fido really won’t tolerate having his teeth brushed, you still have options. Doggy dental treats are specially made to help break down plaque and prevent tartar buildup, so give your pup one or two a day. Also, give your pooch plenty of chew toys, as chewing will stimulate saliva and help keep Fido’s mouth clean. Click here for more articles from your veterinarian Pickerington.