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Did you know that dogs can develop a wide variety of dental issues? Just like people, Fido can be afflicted by abscesses, infections, gum disease, misalignments, and cracked, loose, or broken teeth. Taking care of your canine friend’s choppers is very important! Read on as a Carol Stream, IL vet discusses caring for your dog’s teeth.
We recommend that dogs have their teeth checked at least once a year, starting around age one. Treatment for dental issues is always handled on a case-by-case basis, but may range from a simple deep cleaning to extractions. Keep in mind that the point here isn’t to give Fido a perfect smile: your furry friend will still be adorable with crooked teeth! The focus is to prevent or eliminate problems that can cause pain, infections, and/or other problems.
The best thing you can do for your four-legged pal’s oral health is to brush his teeth. Fido will probably need some time to get used to the idea, so you’ll want to start slow. At first, just gently rub your dog’s teeth and gums with your finger. Then, let him go and give him treats and praise. The next step is to add doggy toothpaste. Once your canine companion is used to that, you can start using a pet toothbrush. Be sure to only use products made specifically for dogs: things made for people are neither safe nor suitable for pets.
If your canine buddy won’t sit still to let you brush his teeth, there are still things you can do to keep his teeth in good shape. Dental-formula kibble, treats, and chews can all be quite helpful, as these products are specifically made to reduce and remove plaque and tartar. (Tip: try putting a little doggy toothpaste on a dental chew.) Making sure that your furry pal always has plenty of fresh water and suitable chew toys is also important.
Keep an eye out for signs of doggy dental woes. Some common ones include bad breath; stringy, bloody, or excessive drool; tartar buildup; reduced appetite; lack of interest in play; crankiness; swelling; and bleeding and/or receding gums. Contact your vet right away if you notice any of these red flags.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Carol Stream, IL vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!