Did you know that dental problems are very common in dogs? Toothaches are no more fun for Man’s Best Friend than they are for us! Dental problems can not only be very painful for Fido, they can also have a serious impact on his health and well-being. In this article, a White Rock, TX vet discusses doggy dental woes.
Gum disease is one of the most prevalent dental issues in dogs. In fact, over 80 percent of adult dogs are affected. Although the condition is painless and asymptomatic at first, it is still a very serious concern, because the infection can spread from Fido’s mouth to his vital organs, and can contribute to some very serious health issues, such as heart disease. Other common doggy dental problems include cracked, broken, or misaligned teeth; abscesses; and infections.
Signs of Dental Issues
Bad breath is one of the most common warning signs. While Fido’s affectionate doggy kisses may never exactly be winter-fresh, his breath shouldn’t make you gag, either. Ropy, bloody, or excessive drool can also indicate dental trouble, as can visible tartar buildup, bleeding gums, and a reduced interest in playing and/or eating.
We recommend having Fido’s teeth checked by a vet at least once a year. In between visits, watch for signs of dental trouble. If your furry friend has visible tartar buildup, he may benefit from a good deep cleaning, which will remove that gunk and fight bacteria and inflammation. For other issues, your vet will discuss treatment options after examining Fido and diagnosing the problem.
There are some things you can do at home to keep Fido’s choppers healthy. Brushing is one of the best things you can do. To get your canine buddy used to the process, start by just gently rubbing his teeth and gums with your finger. To help your pup form a good association with having his teeth cleaned, incorporate praise and cuddles, and give him a treat when you’re done. From there, you can start incorporating doggy toothpaste and a pet toothbrush. Dental-formula treats, chews, and kibble can also help. Last but not least, make sure your pup always has fresh water and suitable chew toys. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Do you know or suspect that your dog has dental problems? Contact us, your White Rock, TX local animal clinic, today!