Dogs Dental Care
One of the hardest things to do when having a dog is keeping it fully healthy. The right type of food and exercise are a huge factor, but often we overlook smaller issues that can lead to the biggest amount of pain. Dental care should be something you factor when trying to keep your pet as healthy as possible. This article will inform you about the best strategies to keep your puppy's teeth.
Like humans, a dog's teeth come under an immense level of stress. While we may also use our teeth to help open bottles or crack the shells on nuts, dogs use their teeth while catching balls, playing with rocks, playing fetch with lots of items that humans can't even dream of dealing with. Such stress could cause excessive amount of damage, and so the teeth and gums need to remain strong and healthy.
Whilst many people expect your dog to have bad breath, this can be a sin of dental disease. Regularly monitoring your pet's dental health will help you catch any dental issues before they get too serious. Your veterinarian may suggest that you pay for additional dental dog insurance. Among other things, the signs you need to keep an eye out for are: Halitosis, a reluctance to chew, pain whilst chewing, red and puffy gums, bleeding gums, tartar build-up and missing or loose teeth. Any of these could be a sign that your dog has dental disease, and you should visit with your vet immediately. The diseases that begin in the mouth can spread to the heart and kidneys, therefore it is truly in your dog's best interest to check them as quickly as possible.
In order to stop dental disease, there are a variety of things you can do. First of all, never brush your pet's teeth with human toothpaste - this may make your dog sick! Buy specially made dog-toothpaste formulas because it is both kinder on your dog's gums and is created specifically to handle the type of bacterial build-up that a dog faces. Remember that tartar/plaque forms between 24-48 hours after eating, so regular brushing is definitely recommended. A tip you may use is to work your brushing schedule together with the dogs', so that you can be sure you got it done.
To make the brushing easier on your dog, you should begin the brushing regiment by using a finger brush. This will probably be a little more hands on (and slobbery) for you personally, however it is going to be less punishing than the usual hard brush. This will also help your new puppy settle in the habit of having its teeth cleaned. If you are unsure if there is a better way to clean your pet's teeth, you should talk to your veterinarian and ask them for any tricks and tips. Regular veterinary exams will help keep an eye on the cleaning process as well as recognize areas you could be missing.
Understandably, some dogs just don't need their teeth brushed. To account for this, you may need to get special mouth rinses for dogs, that might help lessen the build-up of tartar - again, ask your vet which may be the right brand before using any of them. Try to ask for advice how better to approach this important aspect of your dogs' health. Finally, there are several 'dental stick' chew treats meant to both clean your dog's teeth while providing them with a tasty treat. Whilst real bones can produce an identical effect, they run the risk of causing gastro-intestinal upset or fracturing teeth.
Once again, if you suspect that something isn't right with your dog's teeth, or if your dog starts showing any of the symptoms stated earlier, do not hesitate to contact your vet for a consultation right away.