Dogs Goggy-Dental

Published on March 21st, 2014 | by Debbie Martin

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Important Tips for Your Dog’s Dental Health

Your dog isn’t able to brush their own teeth, so it is important that you take responsibility for their dental health. Over time, your dog’s teeth will accumulate an amount of tartar, just like our teeth do when they are not cleaned. This can cause a lot of problems in your dog, including gum infection, tooth loss, gum disease and much more. Also, it can make it very painful and difficult for your dog to eat. To make matters worse, a dental infection can spread to other organs in the body, which can make your dog seriously ill.

So how can you look after the dental health of your canine friend? Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Feed your dog a healthy and nutritious diet. This should consist of a good quality dry dog food, which will help to prevent the bacterial plaque that will harden into tartar.
  • If your dog is prone to dental problems, ask your vet to recommend a specific dry dog food that is designed to reduce tartar and plaque.
  • Give your dog a dental chew every now and then, one that is designed to clean the teeth. Be careful when giving real bones, as sometimes bones can splinter and cause problems in your dog’s digestive system.
  • Brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis. This is a great way to eliminate dental plaque and improve your dog’s dental health. Don’t use human toothpaste, but rather a type of toothpaste that is designed for pets. Ask your vet to show you the proper technique for doggy tooth brushing.
  • When you are brushing your dog’s teeth, be aware of any abnormalities or problems, such as loose teeth or bleeding and swollen gums. Bring these up with your vet if you spot them.
  • Take your dog for a yearly dental check-up. Your vet will look at your dog’s teeth and gums and see whether or not there are many problems or tartar build up.
  • If your dog has a build-up of tartar, there is a procedure to get rid of it. It will usually involve removal with a professional cleaning and a tooth polishing procedure conducted under amnesia.

These are just some important tips to keep in mind when it comes to your dog’s dental health, so that you can help make sure that they live many long and happy years.

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About the Author

Debbie Martin has worked at Beeston Animal Health for over five years, having previously worked as a nurse in equine and small animal practice. Although generally involved with aspects of marketing these days and putting her psychology degree to good use, she still has a great depth of up to date knowledge in all creatures great and small. Debbie lives at home with her partner and two children and spends much of her spare time looking after her horses, dogs and cats or at the home farm with the cows, sheep and turkeys.



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