Dental Care for Dogs
Did you know that dental care is just as important for dogs as it is for men and women like us? By about 7 months old, most puppies will have a mouth full of their permanent teeth. This means that it’s vital for owners to be sure to do everything they can to start taking care of their pup’s teeth from an early age.
Animal researchers claim that roughly 80% of dogs have some form of dental disease by the time they reach age 3, but your dog doesn’t have to fall in line with that statistic. Fortunately, we know enough about canine dental health that many problems can be prevented early on.
Practical Tips for the Care of Dog Teeth
One piece of advice that is easy to implement is to monitor your dog’s dental health regularly. Check their behavior to see if you notice anything out of the ordinary. See if you notice any of the following:
- Does their breath have a foul odor to it more regularly?
- Are they drooling saliva more than usual?
- Are they rubbing their paws against their mouth?
- Is he or she having difficulty eating their food?
These could be signs that there is some trouble in your dog’s mouth, and should prompt you to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Bruce.
Have you ever had a toothache but ignored it, and eventually you need to get a root canal? Well, our lovable furry pups are the same way… We don’t want to allow a tooth to become infected, because it will cause problems that could have been avoided in the first place.
Proactive Dog Dental Care
Just as with vaccines, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
There are a lot of great toys that can both entertain your pup, but also help keep their teeth clean. Something that you might want to consider is making sure that your dog is using as many of their teeth as possible. Just like a human’s teeth, each one of a dog’s teeth serves a different purpose.
The next time you make an appointment to see Dr. Bruce, please ask what type of toys are recommended for your dog’s size, age, and health. Chew toys are not always designed with a dog’s health in mind, so there are a few factors to consider before buying a toy for your pup. It’s always best to get your veterinarian’s recommendation in order to make sure your dog is playing with the safest toys they can.
We recommend regularly brushing your dog’s teeth. Be gentle when doing so, however, especially when starting this habit. Your dog’s gums may be sensitive, and if you scrub too harshly, it can hurt your pup and cause bleeding.
Regularly brushing your dog’s teeth is also a great habit because they will become more accustomed to having their mouth examined. We recommend coming into the office every 6 months for a dental examination. This will help make sure that we can monitor your dog’s dental health, be on the lookout for any potential issues, and maximize the opportunity to keep your furry family member safe from dental problems.
Dog Food for Better Dental Health?
There are a lot of foods being marketed to dog owners as beneficial for dental health.
Please be sure to receive Dr. Bruce’s recommendation for your dog, as their age, size, and health history are all important factors to consider when choosing the right food. Our office will be happy to help give you a recommendation based upon what is correct for your dog’s health and wellbeing.
Dental Care by Dr. Bruce
We offer dental care for your dog both with and without anesthesia. All non-anesthesia cleanings are done right inside of our office, which means less driving around for you and a more comfortable experience for your loved one. A recommended prevention is to give your dog water additives for reduction of dental tartar, as well as using dental rinses for home care. Both of these preventative measures are available at Dr. Bruce’s Animal Hospital.
If there’s an issue that requires more advanced work, Dr. Bruce has a team of animal dental specialists available to help. As dog owners ourselves, we know the importance of giving the best care possible to our pets; their teeth are no exception.
If it has been a while since you have visited our office, please schedule an appointment with us. The more involved we are with your pup’s health, the better that we can ensure a long, healthy, happy life for your loved one.
You can reach us by phone at 954-448-7600. When you call to make your appointment, be sure to ask about our Free Vaccines for Life program.
We look forward to seeing you and your dog in our office soon!