What You Need to Know About Your Dog’s Dental Care
Doggy dental care is just as important as human dental care.
Have you heard people say that dogs have cleaner mouths than people? Although that may be a nice sentiment for dog lovers to hear, it really isn’t the case. You don’t see dogs brushing their teeth twice a day or flossing, after all. And let’s not mention the issue of “doggy breath”.
Do you know how to best take care of your dog’s teeth?
Well, you can start by brushing their teeth every day. If that seems a bit ambitious to you, try for at least a few times a week. ENSURE that you are using a toothpaste specifically for dogs, as fluoride and other ingredients can be extremely poisonous.
Most people don’t realize that dogs can actually get periodontal disease, with a large majority showing signs of it by the time they turn two years old. This is why it is so important that you check their mouth at least once a week for any red flags.
How can you remove plaque from their teeth?
This is where chew treats and bones come in handy! They can also strengthen your dog’s gums and teeth.
How can you tell if your dog is suffering from some type of dental issue, aside from obvious signs such as missing or broken teeth?
- Less activity – showing signs of depression
- Red, swollen, bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- A reluctance to eat hard foods or changes in chewing / eating habits
- Pawing at the mouth and/or face
- Drooling more than normal
- Tarter along the gum line
- Abnormal bumps in the mouth
How often should you take your dog to get their teeth checked by a professional?
Your dog should get their teeth examined every six to twelve months. Proper maintenance can save you money in the long run, and most importantly keep your dog healthy!
It’s so important for every pet owner to know that dental problems have the potential to lead to life-threatening infections, that can affect their liver, kidneys, and heart…just like with humans. Oral hygiene for your beloved pet is no laughing matter.
Take care of your teeth AND your dog’s teeth…and you will both have healthy smiles for many years to come.
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