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:

Bad breath

Loose Teeth

Drooling excessively 

Sensitive gums

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.