Does your dog ‘smile’ when he’s happy? Fido is super cute when he looks content! While our canine pals aren’t exactly known for having minty-fresh breath and pearly-white teeth, it is important to take care of your pet’s choppers. Below, a Grayson, GA vet discusses doggy dental care.
Watch For Warning Signs
Dogs can develop many of the same dental problems as people, including gum disease; cracked, broken, or misaligned teeth; and abscesses. Fido can’t tell you if his teeth hurt, so it’s up to you to watch for signs of dental problems. Some common ones are bad breath; ropy, bloody, or excessive drool; swelling; and tartar buildup. Your pooch may also take longer eating than he once did, or may chew on one side of his mouth. Dogs with dental issues sometimes don’t like their mouths being touched, so your pup may shy if you try to touch his face. Crankiness is another warning sign. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.
Just like people, dogs really benefit from regular brushing. To get Fido accustomed to the process, you’ll want to start by just rubbing his teeth and gums with your finger. Give him a yummy snack afterwards, so he forms a good association with dental care. Next, add some pet toothpaste. The last step is to start using a doggy toothbrush. Once your pooch is used to the process, just make it part of your pet care regimen. You don’t have to do your dog’s entire mouth every day: just do one quadrant at a time, and keep rotating.
If Fido doesn’t like having his teeth handled, ask your vet about using dental-formula treats, kibble, and chews. These will remove plaque and tartar, which will help keep your pup’s mouth healthy. It’s also important to make sure your dog always has fresh water and suitable chew toys.
Fido should have his choppers checked at least once a year. If your canine pal has tartar buildup, he may need a good deep cleaning to get rid of that gunk and fight off bacteria and infections. If your pup has dental problems, your vet will be able to offer treatment options once a diagnosis has been made.
Do you know or suspect that your pooch has dental issues? Contact us, your Grayson, GA pet hospital, today!