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Correct Dental Problems with Your Dog?

The majority of the dog owners will be aware of the basic requirements of their dogs including nutrition. When it comes to dental care, a great majority of the pet owners are still ignorant of the basic dental care that their dogs need. This simply results in many dental problems in several dogs right from a very young age.

Surprisingly, about a three-fourth of adult canine population suffers from some level of dental problems, either a tartar or plaque or acute gum disease and/or broken and chipped teeth. A sore or a bad mouth could be very painful for your canine to endure and it simply stops feeding. It is not the end of it, when untreated; a gum infection for instance could spread to blood and other vital organs such as liver and kidneys. Some of these signs could indicate a dental problem of your beloved pet

  • Loss of appetite
  • Bad breath
  • Blood in the saliva
  • Tartar along the gumline
  • Drooling (most often this has been an ignored sign)
  • Bleeding and swollen gums
  • Broken and/or chipped teeth

A dog with poor dental hygiene and eventual dental problems can give a very hard time to its owner. Healthy dentures will not pose bad odor problems, so when a dog greets the owner with bad breath, the likelihood is that he is suffering from one or more dental problems, such as gum infections and needs more attention from you.

So, if you have neglected your dog’s dental care its high time you start on some good practices for your beloved pet. In this context its important you know the basic things about your dog’s denture. Pups have 28 baby teeth or milk teeth, and as the pup grows 42 adult teeth replace the deciduous teeth. The replacement happens within one years’ time for most of the breeds. So about 42 teeth to fit in the 2 small jaws can itself pose some kind of problems especially in the small breed dogs. For instance a toy breed dog suffers dental overcrowding. Regardless of breed, all dogs are susceptible to any dental conditions mentioned above if not given appropriate dental care.

The dog’s teeth should be brushed regularly, at least twice a week and more often if ever possible. For this, small soft-bristled child’s toothbrush or a soft fabric wrapped around your index finger or a special one obtained from your vet can be used. It’s a strict NO when it comes to using human toothpaste formulation for your dog. The fluoride in the paste cause severe stomach upset. So go for canine formulation. If you cannot afford this, prepare a paste at home by mixing baking soda and little water. Ensure brushing all teeth, including the rear teeth and also give gentle massage to the gums.

Make sure that your veterinarian checks your dog’s mouth for any tooth or gum diseases during the routine checkups. Tartar accumulation can happen despite your regular brushing and care, so it’s only a vet that can give proper dental cleaning under some mild general anesthesia at least once in 6 months.

Ensure that your dog is not suffering from any malocclusion and/or overcrowding problems (happens due to retention of one or more number of deciduous teeth). A vet can correct the problem by simply extracting the excess tooth/teeth under anesthesia. Follow the simple tips and you ensure not only good dental health but also good overall health to your beloved pet.

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