A lot of the time problems with the mouth are not spotted until infection has settled in and the dog’s breath begins to really smell. Helping to keep your dog’s teeth clean will help to keep their mouth healthy and hopefully avoid costly dentals later in life.
Plaque build up is the most common problem with dogs teeth. Once this build up hardens, known as Tartar, it can start to cause irritation to your dogs gums causing them to become inflammed and sore. If this is not treated this can lead to peridontal disease and even end up affecting the kidneys and other organs.
Dogs love to chew and this is beneficial towards keeping a healthy mouth. Providing your dog with chewy toys and treats such as tripe sticks can be a part of their dental routine that they enjoy. There are also numerous dental treats available which also claim to be beneficial.
Brushing your dog’s teeth can also help to remove plaque and keep their mouth healthy. Special dog toothpaste can be purchased to rub onto the teeth and massage the gums using either a finger stall or toothbrush. Your dog may not enjoy it as much as toys or chews but its well worth the effort.
When Max came to Oldies Club his teeth were in an appalling state, and he ended up having to have 19 teeth removed.
Remember, keep your dog’s teeth healthy by:
- Regular brushing with a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste.
- and/or Regular recreational chewing – raw bones, rawhide, bully sticks, tripe sticks, etc.
Is your dog’s breath smelly? Get his teeth checked by a vet.