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Dental Problems in Dogs

February 15 2016

Did you know that dogs can be afflicted by many of the same dental issues as people? Fido can develop harmful dental conditions, such as infections, abscesses; gum disease; and cracked, broken, or misaligned teeth. A local Lawrenceville, GA veterinarian discusses canine dental troubles in this article.

Signs of Dental Problems

Bad breath is one of the most common signs of doggy dental trouble. If Fido’s doggy kisses make you cringe, your pooch may need his choppers examined. Some other symptoms of dental trouble in our canine friends include excessive drool; bloody or ropy saliva; tartar buildup; swelling; a lack of interest in chewing, playing, and, sometimes, even eating; bleeding gums; and grumpiness. If your furry pal has any of these symptoms, contact your vet immediately.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a very serious problem with Man’s Best Friend. By some estimates, over 80 percent of adult dogs have this affliction. While gum disease is painless and asymptomatic in its early phases, it is a major concern, because the infection can move through Fido’s bloodstreams from his mouth to his vital organs.

Keeping Fido’s Teeth Healthy

Brushing is one of the best ways to keep Fido’s choppers in good shape. Get Fido used to the process by rubbing his gums and teeth lightly with your finger. Next, add a bit of doggy toothpaste. Choose a yummy flavor like beef or chicken to make it more enjoyable for your pet. If your canine buddy accepts this, you can move on to using a doggy toothbrush. If your furry pal won’t stop fidgeting, don’t worry. Dental-formula kibble, treats, and chews can also be beneficial. It’s also important to make sure that your four-legged friend always has suitable chew toys and plenty of fresh water.

Veterinary Care

Fido should have his teeth examined at least once a year. If your pet has gunk on his teeth, a deep cleaning will help get rid of it. This will also fight bacteria and inflammation, and reduce the risk of gum disease. For other problems, such as broken teeth, your vet will offer treatment options on a case-by-case basis after a diagnosis has been made.

Do you know or suspect that your dog needs dental care? We are always happy to help! Please feel free to contact us, your Lawrenceville, GA animal hospital, for all of your canine buddy’s veterinary care needs.

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