Brushing your canine pal’s choppers is one of the best things you can do for his oral health. Fido may need time to get used to this, so you’ll want to start by just rubbing his teeth and gums with your finger. Once your pooch has accepted that, add a little pet toothpaste. (We know, this is a little icky, but it’s just for training purposes.) The final step is to move on to using a pet toothbrush. You don’t have to do your dog’s entire mouth every day. Just do one quadrant at a time, and keep rotating.
Most of our canine friends should have their teeth examined at least once a year. Your vet will check for common issues, such as tartar buildup, misalignments, and abscesses. If your pup has bad breath and/or tartar buildup, he may need a good cleaning to help fight bacteria, infection, and gum disease. Other issues are always handled on a case-by-case basis. Keep in mind that Fido’s smile isn’t really the issue here. The focus is on problems that can cause your pet pain. In between appointments, watch for signs of doggy dental woes. Bad breath, as mentioned above, is one. Other red flags include excessive drooling; visible tartar buildup; and lack of interest in eating and/or playing. Ask your vet for more information.
Dental-formula treats, kibble, and chews can all be very helpful. These are formulated to reduce and remove plaque, and help keep Fido’s choppers clean. It’s also important to make sure that your four-legged buddy always has suitable chew toys. Chewing actually stimulates the flow of saliva, which is also beneficial. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Do you think your dog has dental trouble? Contact us, your local Orangevale, CA animal clinic, today! We are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.