Dental health is so important for your dog. It can be one of the most overlooked areas of pet care, but poor dental health can lead to serious issues for your pet. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to help keep your dog’s teeth healthy.
The health of your dog’s teeth is vital to their overall health. Tooth decay can lead to a number of issues that only serve to make matters worse.
Tooth decay can lead to pain in the tooth and mouth, which beyond being uncomfortable for your dog, can contribute to poor nutrition if it leads them to eat less. Tooth loss can follow, which makes the situation worse.
Dental problems can also lead to serious health issues like infection and poor organ health. Infections can spread and become much worse if undetected.
Poor dental health also causes bad breath, which nobody wants around the house.
Brushing your dog’s teeth can be a challenge, but very beneficial. If you haven’t brushed their teeth before, start slowly by brushing for a few seconds. Try to make the experience as positive and calm as possible, and then gradually brush longer each time. Brushing once per week is very helpful.
You can also give your dog healthy treats to chew. They can come in a variety of options for hardness and consistency, so ask your veterinarian what would be best for your dog based on their size, breed, and current dental health.
You guessed it. Just like you, your dog needs to get a dental checkup on a regular basis. Once per year with your wellness visit should suffice, but your vet may want to see them more frequently if there are any dental issues.
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