12/13/14- Dental Hygiene Part I
Did you know that regularly brushing your dog's teeth, plenty of chew toys, and providing a healthy diet can go a long way towards keeping your loved ones mouth healthy?
Many pooches can show signs of gum disease as early as two years old due to lack of proper oral hygiene care.
Give your dog regular home checks and follow the tips below. Your pooch will thank you.
#1 The Breath Test
Sniff your dog's breath. Not a field of lilies? Normal doggie breath isn't particularly fresh-smelling. However, if breath is especially offensive and is accompanied by a loss of appetite, vomiting or excessive drinking or urinating, it's a good indication to take your pup to the vet.
#2 Mouth Check
Once a week, with your dog facing you, lift his lips and examine his gums and teeth.
Gums: should be pink, not white or red, and should show no signs of swelling.
Teeth: should be clean, without any brownish tartar.
#3 Indications Oral Disease
The following are signs that your dog may have an issue in his mouth or GI (gastrointestinal) system and should be checked by a veterinarian:
Cysts under the tongue
Gums bleed easily
#4 Nitty Gritty Tooth Decay
Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause build-up on a dog's teeth. This can harden into tartar, possibly causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss.
One solution- regular teeth cleanings, of course.