April 17, 2014

Dog Dental Health | Teeth Cleaning & Avoiding Dog Breath | Summerville Veterinary

Dog Dental Health |  Teeth Cleaning & Avoiding Dog BreathHome dental care has been given more emphasis nowadays because dental diseases are growing to a greater extent in animals such as dogs.  Periodontal diseases, which are becoming more common in dogs can have an adverse effect on your dog’s health, quality of life and lifespan.  Bad dog breath is a common sign that you need to clean your dog’s teeth.

Start cleaning your dogs teeth as a puppy and in no time they will accept it as any regular part of grooming.  You can purchase a specially made Dog Toothbrushes as well as Dog Toothpaste in a flavor your dog will enjoy.  A Dental Kit for Dogs is also available that has everything that you need.  During routine home, if you suspect dental disease, while performing a dental cleaning, it is important to make an appointment with your veterinarian right away.Dog dental kit

Some breeds of dogs are more susceptible to dental diseases than others. Small breed dogs  have smaller mouths; therefore, their teeth are more closely crowned allowing food particles to hide causing plaque and decay. Smaller breed dogs may need to have their teeth cleaned more frequently than larger dogs so home dental care for your small breed dog is very important to avoid dental disease.

Giving an occasional Blue Buffalo Blue Bones Natural Dental Chews will help them develop strong teeth naturally, and there are specially made dog chews to help keep down the build up of plaque.  Bones from cuts of mean can also be given.  While chewing on bones, the dog’s flow of saliva will naturally increase and this too helps keep the dog’s teeth clean.  Make sure to give your dog bones without any sharp points or brittle bones as the pieces can break off and may cause a digestive problem.  Never give your dog chicken bones for this reason.

Healthy Hide Rawhide Chew Value Packs are loved by dogs.  These too will keep their teeth free from plaque buildup which will help reduce the amount of bacteria on your dogs’ teeth decreasing the chance of dental disease.

In addition to home cleaning of your dog’s teeth, check with your own veterinarian  about professional cleanings.  These usually aren’t necessary in a young dog however older dogs may need this more often.  In between cleanings go easy on giving your dog human food high in sugars.  You can also give your dog dry

The above methods, when practiced regularly at home will help you to avoid dental problems throughout your dogs life.

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  1. Joe from veterinarian portland says:

    I will have to look into that special dog toothbrush. Hopefully that will help. It is really hard to brush my dogs teeth as it won’t stay still. I guess it would have helped if I had brushed my dogs teeth when it was a puppy.

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