Doggy Dental Care

Did you know that as many as 80 percent of adult dogs have some form of periodontal disease? This is a very serious issue, because the infection can spread from Fido’s gums to his major organs, and can contribute to many other health problems, such as heart disease, liver trouble, and kidney issues. Your canine buddy can also develop many other painful dental troubles, like cracked, broken, or infected teeth; abscesses; and misalignments. In this article, a WestLake, TX vet discusses doggy dental woes.

Warning Signs

Fido is better known for his adorable head tilts, playful antics, loyalty, and tail wags than for minty fresh breath. While your pet’s affectionate doggy kisses may not smell winter-clean, they shouldn’t make you cringe, either. In fact, bad breath is often symbolic of dental problems in our canine pals. Some other red flags include ropy, bloody, or excessive drool; visible swelling; tartar buildup; grumpiness; reduced appetite; and lack of interest in chewing or playing.

Caring For Fido’s Teeth

Dogs should have their choppers examined by a vet at least once a year, starting at around six months of age. In addition to getting your pet’s teeth checked regularly, there are also some things you can do at home to keep your canine companion’s mouth healthy. Brushing is one of the best things you can do. You may need to get your furry buddy used to the idea, so start slow, by simply rubbing your pup’s gums with a finger. Follow with a yummy treat. Once Fido accepts this, add some pet toothpaste. Then you can move on to using a doggy toothbrush. If your pooch is fidgeting too much for you to brush his teeth, ask your vet for recommendations on giving him dental-formula kibble, treats, and chews. You’ll also want to make sure your four-legged friend always has plenty of fresh water and suitable chew toys.

Solving Dental Troubles

It’s important to understand that when it comes to treating dental problems in dogs, the goal isn’t to give your canine companion a perfect smile. Instead, the focus is on issues that can cause pain and/or lead to other health issues. Treatment will be offered on a case-by-case basis, after Fido’s issues have been diagnosed.

Please contact us, your local WestLake, TX animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We are here to help!

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