Whether you’re a man or beast, painful toothaches careless. With this in mind, you know very well that your canine friend also needs to have healthy gums and teeth.
As a pet owner, resist the temptation to ignore the bad breath coming from your pet. It should be a warning sign that you consider very seriously. This is because the periodontal disease often starts with such signs, coupled with bleeding gums.
When your dog has a healthy dental hygiene, its ability to eat comfortably. This improves on the dog’s overall health. A profound dental hygiene is not an extravagant endeavor as you might have thought. All you need is to establish good dental habits at an early age. This will often pay dividends throughout your dog’s life.
You hardly miss out on your routine brushing. Then why would you neglect to brush your dog’s teeth? Eternal vigilance is required if you’re going to win the lifelong battle with plaque. There’s always a gradual accumulation of plaque as your dog eats.
This accumulation tends to harden into the calcified tartar. This irritates your dog’s gums over the long-term. It also becomes a thriving ground for bacteria. If you neglect this over a long time, it becomes inflamed. It also creates pockets that harbor bacteria.
With time, the gum disease deteriorates. It leads to bleeding. The roots also get exposed as your pet’s teeth start to loosen. Eventually, your pet feels pain while having dinner. With time, this bacteria might find its way into the bloodstream. As a result, you can expect some kidney and liver issues. This is a very painful and disgusting problem. But before you throw the towel, there’s a solution. It’s actually preventable.
Be on the look-out for warning signs
I strongly believe that it’s not hard to spot gum problems on their onset. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that the warning signs are clear. The only challenge is to avoid neglecting and dismissing such signs. Take immediate action. Here are some warning signs that you can look for.
- Your dog might have lost appetite
- Missing or loose teeth
- Difficulty while chewing
- Pawing at the mouth
- Bad breath
- Brown or yellow deposits on the dog’s teeth
Brush your dog’s teeth
Familiarize your dog with the toothbrush routine. Include some treats and rewards.
You can start by rubbing the dog’s teeth with a gauze pad. This will familiarize the dog to the brushing process.
The next thing is to work your way to a toothbrush. There are specially designed dog toothbrushes and toothpaste. They’re available in pet retailers. Please don’t try to use toothbrushes that are designed for humans.
Pay close attention to the gum line. This is the line where the gum meets the teeth. It’s a very crucial area that you need to be critical of. 30 seconds are enough to brush each side of the mouth. You can do this several times a week.
Consult your vet
Understand that your vet is there to help you with routine care, not just serious dental emergencies. It’s also important to consider regular checkups, this will keep your dog’s dental health in check.
Some vets will recommend a prophylaxis. It’s a cleaning process that calls for medication. In extreme cases where your pet is suffering from a serious condition, your vet will recommend an appropriate course of treatment.
I understand that there are some pets that will not tolerate the toothbrush. That’s when you contact your vet for an alternative way to slow the plaque accumulation.