Doggy Dental Care

Have you had your dog’s teeth examined lately? Fido can’t tell you if his choppers hurt, so it’s up to you to look for warning signs of dental issues. Read on to learn more about doggy dental care in this article from a local Glendale, AZ vet.

Common Dental Issues

Fido can suffer from many different dental problems, including cracked, broken, loose, or misaligned teeth; abscesses; and infections. Gum disease is another common issue. In fact, about 80 percent of adult dogs have some form of this dangerous disease. Gum disease is particularly problematic, because the infection can move from Fido’s gums to his vital organs, and can contribute to some very serious health issues, such as heart disease. Ask your vet for more information.

Warning Signs

Bad breath is one of the most common signs of doggy dental woes. Other red flags include visible tartar buildup; swelling; and ropy, bloody, or excessive drool. There are also some behavioral clues to watch for. Fido may not want his mouth touched if his teeth hurt, and he may not feel very playful. Your four-legged pal may also take longer eating, and could start preferring softer food.

Veterinary Care

We recommend that dogs get their teeth examined at least once a year. Of course, if Fido has any signs of dental trouble, you’ll want to have your vet examine him right away. Treatment options are always offered on a case-by-case basis. However, it’s important to understand that the focus is on issues that cause pain, rather than cosmetic troubles.

Home Care

There are also many things you can do at home to keep your canine buddy’s choppers healthy. Brushing your pup’s teeth regularly is one of the best options. To help Fido get used to the idea, start slow, by just rubbing his gums and teeth with your finger. You’ll want to slowly work up to using a pet toothbrush and toothpaste. You don’t have to do your dog’s entire mouth every day: just do one section a day, and keep rotating. If your pooch won’t sit still long enough to get his teeth brushed, ask your vet for advice on using dental-formula kibble, chews, and treats. Finally, make sure your pup always has fresh water and suitable chew toys.

Please contact us, your Glendale, AZ animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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