Keeping your dog’s teeth healthy
Dental Health for Dogs
Just like us, dogs need to take care of their dental health. Often in dogs, early stage dental problems are hard to detect.
If your dog is reluctant to eat their dry food, has gone off their food, eating slower, showing tenderness around their gums and mouth or have any teeth that have broken, then you need to take them to your local Best Friends Vet to have their teeth checked.
Bad Breath in Dogs
Dogs sometimes have bad breath. Bad breath, or their breath getting noticeably worse, can be a sign of gum disease or other dental issues. They might have something stuck in their teeth which is rotting, causing them pain as well as letting bacteria build up in their teeth.
Bad breath can also be an indicator of other health issues such as diabetes and kidney disorders. It is always a good idea to go and get your dog checked out at your local Best Friends Branch if you notice their breath more than usual.
Gum Disease in Dogs
Gum disease is common in dogs, when plaque builds up on their teeth or food gets stuck in between them. This can lead to an increase in bacteria in the mouth, rotting teeth and red or bleeding gums.
Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss, so it’s important to take them to the Vet if you see any of these signs.
Dental Care for Dogs
There are a few ways in which you can take care of your dog’s dental health.
One is to brush their teeth! It may sound a little odd but there are special toothbrushes designed for you to use on your dog, as well as dog specific toothpaste. Never use a toothpaste for humans on a dog.
You can introduce tooth brushing at any time, but it can be a little easier to get them used to it when they are puppies. We find that a dog of any age can learn to enjoy a good brush!
There are also specific toys that you can get for dogs which are designed to clean your dog’s teeth as they chew on them. Dental chews and specialist foods are also available, although it is best to keep an eye on your dog’s weight if you are supplementing their diet with more food, even if it is designed to keep their teeth healthy!
Whilst we think that dogs love a good chew on a bone, bones given to dogs, especially cooked bones, can break or splinter in their mouth while they chew which can harm them or get stuck between their teeth causing dental issues.
If you're concerned about your dog’s teeth please contact your local Best Friends Vet Branch.
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