Oral Hygiene for Dogs
When it comes to taking care of a dog, most pet owners think about vet visits, food, and exercise. Unfortunately, an oral care regimen isn’t a top priority for them, but it should be because 4 out of 5 dogs over age 3 develop periodontal disease.
Routine oral care is one of the most important things that owners can do for the health of their dogs. Dogs benefit greatly from having their teeth brushed several times a week. It is best to start brushing a dog’s teeth when it is young, so that it gets used to the routine and learns to enjoy it. Feeding dry kibble is another good way to keep a dog’s teeth and gums tidy and clean. Toothbrushes, toothpastes and rinses made just for dogs are readily available at local retail pet supply outlets. Special diets, chew toys and flavored treats are also available. These are promoted to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup and generally improve oral hygiene for our canines companions.
Many dogs, like many people, have bad breath, which medically is called “halitosis.” Bad breath is one of the most common complaints by dog owners; it just isn’t pleasant to be around a stinky dog. Dogs of any age and breed, including mixed breeds, can develop bad breath. Fortunately, most dogs with a smelly mouth don’t have any serious underlying medical disorder.The most common cause of bad breath is periodontal disease – specifically, gingivitis and
A healthy mouth is a happy mouth, in people and in pets. Dogs need to have healthy teeth, tongues, gums, lips and hard and soft palates to be able to eat, chew and drink normally. Feeding dry kibble as the main part of a dog’s diet helps to keep its teeth clean and its gums healthy. A number of different toys, chew treats and dental diets for dogs are increasingly on the market, claiming to
A number of things can go wrong in a dog’s mouth. Dogs are prone to getting lacerations on their tongue, lips and gums from fighting with other animals. They can get electrical burns from chewing on wires or cords, and chemical burns from licking corrosive household substances. Sticks, safety pins, needles and other sharp objects, including fish hooks and porcupine quills, can get stuck between teeth or lodge in the mouth or throat. In extremely
One of the first things that an owner notices if his dog has sores or other abnormalities inside its mouth is a change in its eating behavior or patterns. The dog may eat gingerly and drop food on the floor or ground. It may only chew on one side of its mouth or tilt its head to the side while it eats. It may stop eating altogether and have progressive weight loss. Gagging, choking and