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Caring for Your Dog’s Teeth
May 1, 2018

Have you had your dog’s teeth checked recently? If not, we recommend getting this done right away. Doggy dental care is very important! Just like people, dogs can develop problems with their teeth and gums. These issues are just as painful for Fido as they are for us! Here, a Norwalk, CA vet discusses caring for Fido’s teeth.

Doggy Dental Issues

Dogs can have many of the same issues as people can, such as abscesses, infections, and cracked, broken, or misaligned teeth. Gum disease is another common one. In fact, as many as 80 percent of adult dogs have some form of it! In its early stages, the disease is painless and asymptomatic. However, as the condition progresses, the infection can cause loose or missing teeth. It can also contribute to other health problems, such as heart disease.

Symptoms

Fido can’t tell you if his teeth hurt, so it’s up to you to watch for signs of trouble. Some common ones include bad breath; visible swelling or tartar buildup; ropy, bloody, or excessive drool; and blood on your pet’s toys or dishes. Reduced interest in play is another red flag. Your pup may also take longer eating, chew on one side of his mouth, start preferring softer foods, or lose interest in eating altogether. Dogs with dental trouble can also act uncharacteristically grumpy, and/or may not want their mouths touched.

Home Care

Dental care should be a regular part of Fido’s home care regimen. We strongly recommend brushing Fido’s teeth. You’ll need to take time to let your pooch get used to the idea, but treats and praise should sweeten the deal. Use products made for dogs, and try to do at least one section of your canine buddy’s mouth a day. You can also offer your furry pal oral rinses and/or dental-formula kibble, treats, and chews. Finally, make sure that your pup always has fresh water and lots of suitable chew toys.

Treatment Options

If you know or suspect that Fido has dental issues, have your vet examine him ASAP. Treatment for doggy dental woes is always offered on a case-by-case basis. Options can range from a simple deep cleaning to extractions and other procedures. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you know or suspect that your dog has dental issues? Contact us, your Norwalk, CA pet hospital, today. We’re happy to help!

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