Taking Care Of Your Dog’s Teeth
Have you ever brushed your dog teeth or taken your dog to the Veterinarian for a teeth cleaning? You should have a plan to care for your dog’s Teeth. It’s easy to do and your dog’s good health and fresh breath will be the reward.
Approximately 85% of dogs have periodontal disease by the age of three. It can lead to diseases of the heart, kidney and lungs, as well as bone loss.
The goal with oral care differs between dog and people. An infection in your dog’s gums & teeth can cause your dog unnecessary pain. Pain that you can make sure your dog will not have if you make sure you take care of your dogs teeth. At the time of your dogs spay/neutering, you should tell your Veterinarian to check your dog’s teeth to make sure that there are no remaining baby teeth, at or before 7 months old, your dog should have no baby teeth in its mouth by 8 months old. Baby teeth left in the dogs mouth will make all the adult and baby teeth shift and crowd in the dogs mouth. When the teeth crowd, the dogs bite will be off set and your dog will have teeth that don’t line up properly and can have problems eating. Or if your dogs teeth are too close together, your dog will get cavities between the teeth, which you know will give your dog pain if left too long.
I have rescued many dogs that have never had their teeth cleaned and at five and six years old, the dog had to have ten to fifteen teeth removed because the teeth were rotten. After removing the rotten teeth the dogs are so much happier and aren’t so grumpy.
Even if you brush your dogs teeth, you still should take your dog to the Veterinarian’s for a teeth cleaning after one years when they go to the Veterinarian’s for their annual vaccination shots and once a year after that. It should be an automatic yearly practice, for its shots, anal gland cleaning, teeth cleaning and general physical.
Plaque is a problem, with many dogs that eat a soft food diet. Thankfully, most dogs start out with healthy teeth. Unfortunately, they collect plaque, which then mineralizes to form tartar. This acts as a source for bacteria and can lead to gum infection, but more importantly, secondary infections in the liver and kidneys and on the heart valves. When Veterinarians do blood tests on dogs with “dirty” teeth, they can often spot elevations in enzymes that suggest liver damage.
With the pathology that veterinarian see in dogs’ mouth, it’s obvious that preventive care is lacking. The solution is home care & removing plaque. What kind and quantity of soft treats are you giving your dog? Give your dogs bullwinkles or beef tendons or antlers to chew on to help scrape of plaque and hard dog food. Give treats of raw veggies instead of chips and popcorn or sweets.
Hopefully, you can consider teeth care in your yearly practice with your dog. Begin by having your dog’s mouth evaluated by your Veterinarian. Then start your preventive program. This will maximize oral health and keep the body healthy, but more importantly, it will prevent your dog from suffering mouth pain.