February is Pet Dental Health Month! This is definitely a cause we are happy to support! Many of our canine buddies suffer from dental problems, such as gum disease; abscesses; and cracked, broken, or missing teeth. You probably won’t have much luck teaching Fido to floss, so it’s up to you to keep his choppers in good shape. Here, a Carolina Forest, SC vet lists some great ways to keep your furry buddy’s teeth healthy.
The best thing you can do to keep your dog’s mouth healthy is to brush his teeth. Start by just gently rubbing your canine pal’s teeth and gums with your finger. Then, put some doggy toothpaste on your finger. (We know, this is a little yucky, but it’s just for training.) Finally, you can start using a pet toothpaste. You don’t have to do Fido’s whole mouth every day. Just do one section a day, and keep rotating.
Dental Formula Treats and Chews
If Fido hates having his teeth brushed, you can use dental-formula treats, kibble, and chews to fight plaque and tartar. (Tip: try putting some doggy toothpaste on a chew toy.)
Keeping your four-legged pal hydrated is important for many reasons, but it’s absolutely crucial to his oral health. Make sure Fido always has fresh, clean water.
Chewing is actually very good for Fido: it keeps his jaws strong, and also stimulates the flow of saliva, which will help keep his teeth clean. Just be sure to only offer your pup safe, suitable chew toys. Never give your canine companion meat on the bone. Bones, especially cooked ones, can splinter into sharp shards that are very dangerous for dogs. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Fido should have his teeth checked at least once a year, starting at age one. In between visits, keep an eye out for signs of dental trouble. Some common ones are bad breath; ropy or bloody saliva; excessive drooling; swelling; tartar buildup; and bleeding gums. Your furry friend may also lose interest in playing. He may take longer eating, chew on one side, and/or prefer softer foods. Grumpiness is another red flag: just like people, dogs often get cranky if something is hurting them. Please contact us, your Carolina Forest, SC pet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!