Have you looked at your dog’s teeth lately? Your canine buddy’s dental health is very important to his overall health and well-being. But just what does Fido need as far as dental care? Below, a Castle Hills, TX vet discusses doggy dental care.
Fido’s teeth should be checked by a vet at least once a year. If your pooch has tartar buildup, he may need a deep cleaning. This will remove that unsightly buildup, fight bacteria, and reduce inflammation. Because tartar buildup is closely linked to gum disease, this isn’t a cosmetic issue, but a health problem. Gum disease is a serious concern, as the infection can spread to your pet’s vital organs, and can contribute to some very serious health problems, such as heart disease. Ask your vet for more information.
Keep an eye out for signs of doggy dental issues. Bad breath is one of the most common ones. Stringy, ropy, or excessive drool are also red flags. Fido may also not feel much like playing if his teeth hurt, and could take longer eating, or start preferring softer food. Man’s Best Friend can also get a little cranky if he is having dental problems. Contact your vet immediately if your pooch has any of these symptoms.
Brushing is a great way to keep Fido’s choppers clean and healthy. To get your furry pal used to the process, start by gently rubbing his teeth and gums with your finger. Next, you’ll add some doggy toothpaste. (We know, this part is kinda icky, but it’s just for training purposes.) The last step is to start using a pet toothbrush. You don’t have to do all your pup’s teeth daily: just do one section of his mouth each day, and keep rotating.
If Fido won’t let you brush his teeth, there are still other ways to keep his mouth healthy. Dental-formula kibble, treats, and chews can all be beneficial. Or, put some doggy toothpaste on a chew stick, and just let Fido have at it. Also, make sure your pup always has plenty of fresh water. This will prevent dehydration, and help rinse away the food particles from those doggy biscuits he loves. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Do you know or suspect that your dog has dental problems? Contact us, your Castle Hills, TX animal hospital, today!