Dental Health Care For Your Dog
Just like humans, dogs need a regular dental routine to help them live a happy and healthy life. The build-up of plaque and tartar can cause gingivitis, bleeding and pain, which left untreated can contribute to certain forms of heart, liver and kidney problems. Prevention is always better than a cure, so we have a few easy hints and tips that can help prevent these dreaded dental concerns and keep those pearly whites looking and feeling their very best!
Like us, dogs can encounter toothaches, gum diseases and of course, the dreaded, smelly dog breath. While dog breath is common, it isn’t normal and is the easiest way to identify the first signs of dental disease.
Signs of dental disease in dogs
Redness or inflammation of gums
Having difficulties eating or loss of appetite
Discolouration or build up of plaque and tartar on teeth
Swelling under the eye
Pawing at the mouth
Lumps or bleeding in the mouth
Steps for dog dental care
Dogs need a regular daily dental hygiene routine. Maintaining dental health is essential to your dog's overall well-being and in most cases, dental disease is preventable with the right care.
Regular dental check up
If you can’t remember the last time your dog had a dental check up, then it's probably time to visit the vet. Your local vet can perform dental examinations and provide prevention and treatment plans.
That’s right brushing. The most effective way to remove plaque from your dog’s teeth is to brush them, using a special pet toothbrush and toothpaste designed for use on animals. Brushing must be introduced to your dog slowly. You can begin by rubbing their lips and gums with your finger before introducing a finger brush or toothbrush. When the brush is first introduced, start by only brushing a few teeth at a time, and eventually work up to include all teeth.
A good long chew can help scrape away plaque and dirt, and most dogs are happy to comply. Bones, chews, large strips of raw meat and crunchy biscuits, can be given to your dog daily to help encourage chewing and to prevent formation of plaque and tartar. Big carrots are also beneficial and are very healthy for your dog too.
Note: Never give harder items, such as hooves or bones from steak, ribs or ham shanks, as these can fracture teeth.
Many dogs enjoy chewing artificial bones or chew toys. Remember to choose a chew toy large enough so that it won’t present as a choking hazard. We have a full range of Dog chew toys to suit puppies through to the super sized chewers.
If you are in doubt of your dog’s dental health, book in a check up with your local vet. Prevention is always better than a cure.
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