Doggy Dental Trouble

Have you had your dog’s teeth examined lately? If not, we recommend that you get this done right away. Just like people, dogs can develop a variety of painful dental troubles. These issues are no more fun for Fido than they are for us! In this article, a local South Charlotte, NC vet discusses doggy dental problems.

Common Problems

Gum disease is one of the most common dental troubles we see in dogs. In fact, over 80 percent of adult pooches have some form of it. While gum disease is painless and asymptomatic at first, it can contribute to some very serious medical issues, such as heart disease and liver trouble. Fido can also suffer from painful dental issues like cracked, broken, or infected teeth; abscesses; and misalignments.

Signs of Doggy Dental Trouble

Your furry buddy can’t tell you if his teeth hurt, so it’s up to you to watch for warning signs. Some common symptoms include bad breath; bloody, stringy, or excessive drool; tartar buildup; and swelling. There are also some behavioral clues to look for, such as a reduced appetite, longer eating times, grumpiness, and a lack of interest in playing and chewing. If your dog has any of these symptoms, contact your vet immediately.

Home Care

The best way to keep Fido’s choppers healthy is to brush them. To train your furry friend to accept the toothbrush, you’ll want to start just by rubbing his teeth and gums with your finger. Next, add some doggy toothpaste. Finally, you’ll want to move on to using a pet toothbrush. Offer your canine companion a treat after every session, so he forms a positive association with getting his choppers brushed. If your pooch won’t let you brush his teeth, ask your vet for tips on using dental-formula kibble, treats, and chews. Also, make sure your pup always has clean water and suitable chew toys.

Veterinary Care

Fido should have his teeth examined once a year. If he has tartar buildup, he may need a good deep cleaning. This will remove that unsightly gunk, and fight the bacteria and infections associated with gum disease. Other issues will be handled on a case-by-case basis, after a diagnosis has been made. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you know or suspect that your pet has dental issues? If so, please contact us, your South Charlotte, NC animal clinic, anytime.