Doggy Dental Care Tips

Did you know that dogs can develop very some painful dental problems? Our canine pals can be afflicted by many of the same issues as people can, such as gum disease, abscesses, infections, and cracked or broken teeth. Taking care of your dog’s teeth is very important! Read on for some great doggy dental care tips from a Shawnee, KS vet.

Know The Warning Signs

Your furry buddy can’t pick up the phone and schedule a dentist’s appointment, so it’s up to you to watch for warning signs. Some common ones are bad breath; excessive or bloody drool; visible swelling or tartar buildup; and lack of interest in playing. Fido may also take longer eating if his teeth are bothering him, and he may not want his mouth touched. Call your vet right away if you notice any of these symptoms.

Have Fido’s Choppers Checked

Fido’s choppers should be checked by a vet at least once a year, starting at around six months of age. If your pooch gets unsightly tartar buildup, he may need a good deep cleaning. This will not only get rid of that ugly gunk, it will also help fight the bacteria, infections, and bone loss associated with gum disease. Ask your vet for more information.

Brush The Pup’s Teeth

One of the best things you can do for your furry friend’s teeth is to brush them. Needless to say, there’s going to be an adjustment phase for Fido here. Start by just rubbing your pup’s gums and teeth with a finger. Follow this with praise and treats. Once your four-legged buddy has accepted this, add some doggy toothpaste. (We know, this is a bit icky, but it’s only for training.) The last stage is to switch to a pet toothbrush. Try to do at least one section of your canine companion’s mouth every day.

Other Options

If your canine friend won’t sit still long enough to get his teeth brushed, don’t worry. There are still some other ways to keep his teeth in good shape. Dental-formula treats and chews can be very helpful. You also want to make sure that Fido always has plenty of fresh water and suitable chew toys. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you know or suspect that your pet has dental issues? Contact us, your Shawnee, KS animal clinic, today. We are here to help!

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