Doggy Dental Care Basics

Did you know that as many as 80 percent of our canine friends have gum disease? Proper dental care is just as important for dogs as it is for people. Left alone, the tartar buildup on your canine buddy’s teeth can lead to gum disease. The infection from Fido’s gums can be carried to his vital organs through his bloodstream. This can lead or contribute to health issues, such as heart disease. Therefore, keeping your pup’s mouth in good shape is very important. In this article, a Santa Rosa veterinarian discusses doggy dental care.

Brushing

Brushing Fido’s teeth is the best thing you can do to keep his mouth in good shape. It’s best to teach Fido to accept the toothbrush while he’s young, but adult canines can still learn. Start out by gently handling and rubbing your pooch’s teeth and gums with a finger. Once he has gotten used to this, add a bit of doggy toothpaste, in a yummy flavor like beef or chicken. After this, you can move on to a doggy toothbrush.

Dental Treats and Kibble

You can find treats and kibble that are specially formulated to promote good dental health in our canine friends. These will help remove plaque, which will otherwise harden into tartar. Fatty treats, on the other hand, tend to cause plaque.

Chewing

Working that rawhide bone will keep Fido’s jaw muscles strong. Chewing will also help stimulate saliva production, which will aid in keeping your furry pal’s mouth clean. Make sure your canine buddy has plenty of chew toys!

Water

Fresh water is another crucial part of good oral health. Keep your furry buddy’s bowl full, and wash it frequently to prevent bacteria from growing. Ceramic and stainless steel dishes are a bit more hygienic than plastic, as when plastic gets old and scratched, the nooks and crannies can harbor germs.

Veterinary Care

If you have never had your canine pal’s teeth cleaned, it may be well past time to get this done. Your vet can remove that gunky tartar buildup, which will help eliminate bacteria and can have a huge impact on your pooch’s health. Fido will be under anesthesia for the procedure, so it won’t hurt him.

Do you know or suspect that your pooch has dental issues? Contact us any time! As your local Santa Rosa veterinary clinic, we are always here to assist!