As a loving pet parent, you do everything you can to keep your dog healthy, from feeding them nutritious foods to walking them daily and taking them to the vet for regular checkups. But how about their dental hygiene? Like humans, tartar and plaque buildup can lead to long-term damage to the mouth as well as the kidney and the heart. So, save your precious pup the pain by taking preventive measures! Here are some easy steps to maintain your pet’s everyday dental hygiene.
Start Brushing Early
We always recommend pet owners start brushing their pet’s teeth when they’re still young to desensitize them to the feeling of brushing. With some time, patience, and perhaps flavored toothpaste as a bribe, grown dogs can also learn to be comfortable with teeth cleaning.
Speaking of toothpaste, you mustn’t use regular human toothpaste for your dog! Most human toothpaste contains fluoride, which is extremely poisonous to dogs. You should always purchase suitable dental cleaning products at the pet store or ask your vet for recommendations.
Regular Professional Cleaning
Despite your best dental hygiene efforts, your pet will also need routine professional cleaning at the vet every six months to a year. Keep in mind that smaller dogs are usually more prone to plaque buildup and disease, so they may need more regular cleanings.
The procedure will be done under anesthesia and will involve:
- Scaling plaque and tartar.
- Cleaning under the gum line.
- Performing a thorough oral examination to make sure there aren’t any underlying issues.
There are many chew bones and toys specifically designed to clean and strengthen your dog’s gums and teeth. However, it is not an effective means of ensuring overall dental hygiene, and you should still brush your pet’s teeth regularly.
When To See The Vet
You should look inside your pet’s mouth at least once a week to check for any of the following signs:
- Bad breath
- Change in eating or chewing habits
- Excessive drooling
- Misaligned or missing teeth
- Discolored, broken, or crooked teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Yellow/ brown tartar crust near the gum line
- Bumps in the mouth
Any changes in your dog’s mouth can be a sign of an oral disease that needs to be treated as soon as possible. Contact your pet’s vet immediately if you notice any of the above symptoms.
If you’re looking for a full-service animal hospital in Mississauga, visit Eglinton-Hwy 10 Veterinary Clinic today. Our licensed veterinarians and professional staff are experienced in treating all types of pets and animals. So contact us today to get your pet the best possible care!