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Caring for your dog’s teeth

by puppy on January 21, 2011


Caring for your dog’s teeth

THE NEED TO CARE FOR YOUR DOG’S TEETH IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED BY MOST DOG OWNERS, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DO NOT REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF CANINE DENTAL CARE UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE. ONE THING THAT YOU MUST UNDERSTAND IS THAT A PET LIVING AT HOME IS OUT OF ITS NATURAL HABITAT SO MAY NOT HAVE THE TOOLS TO CLEAN ITS OWN TEETH. WOLVES IN THE WILD NATURALLY CLEAN THEIR TEETH AND GUMS BY GNAWING ON HARD BONE, OR USING TENDON AND MUSCLE LIKE DENTAL FLOSS. CHEWING ON THESE OBJECTS WOULD HELP TO REMOVE UNWANTED PLAQUE OR TARTAR.

YOUR FOUR LEGGED FAMILY MEMBER’S TEETH SHOULD BE LOOKED AFTER ON A DAILY BASIS, JUST LIKE YOUR OWN. THEY SHOULD ALSO BE CHECKED BY THEIR DOCTOR EVERY SIX MONTHS, AGAIN JUST LIKE YOUR OWN. THIS WILL HELP YOU TO CATCH ANY PROBLEMS EARLY, AND HELP TO PREVENT HIGH DENTAL BILLS IN THE FUTURE.

THE FIRST THING THAT ANY PUPPY OWNER SHOULD DO IS TO CHECK THE SPACING AND POSITION OF THE TEETH FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE DOG’S LIFE, TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE GROWING IN THE RIGHT SPOT. IF THEY ARE GROWING CROOKED, OR MISALIGNED, THERE IS THE CHANCE THEY COULD PIERCE THE ROOF OF HIS MOUTH, OR TRAUMATIZE HIS TONGUE OR LIPS. WHEN YOUR DOG HAS HIS BABY TEETH, STICK TO SOFT FOODS THAT ARE EASIER FOR HIM TO EAT. WHILE HE IS YOUNG, BRUSH HIS TEETH REGULARLY WITH A SOFT TOOTHBRUSH AND A TOOTHPASTE DESIGNED FOR DOGS, SO HE CAN GET USED TO HAVING IT DONE. HUMAN TOOTHPASTE IS NOT GOOD FOR DOGS; IT FOAMS TOO MUCH AND DOGS OFTEN DON’T ENJOY THE MINTY FLAVOR. IF YOUR DOG DOESN’T LIKE HIS TOOTHBRUSH, USE A CLOTH WITH BAKING SODA AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO CLEAN HIS TEETH.

AS YOUR DOG GROWS UP AND STARTS TO LOSE HIS BABY TEETH, HIS DIET CAN BE CHANGED TO INCLUDE HARDER FOODS. THIS NOT ONLY HELPS TO CLEAN HIS TEETH, BUT IT MAKES DINNER TIME MORE SATISFYING FOR HIM. GIVE HIM A BRISKET BONE OR CHEWY BISCUIT ONCE A WEEK TO HELP KEEP HIS TEETH IN GOOD CONDITION. CONTINUE WITH ONCE OR TWICE DAILY BRUSHING. PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THOSE BIG UPPER MOLARS AT THE BACK OF HIS MOUTH, AS THEY OFTEN ARE THE FIRST TO ACCUMULATE TARTAR.

TWICE YEARLY VISITS TO THE VETERINARIAN FOR MOUTH CHECKUPS ARE A GREAT IDEA, AS THIS WILL IDENTIFY ANY PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH TOOTH DAMAGE OR GUM INFECTIONS BEFORE THEY BECOME TOO SERIOUS. YOUR VET MAY RECOMMEND AN ULTRASONIC CLEAN AND POLISH FOR YOUR DOG’S TEETH, TO HELP KEEP THEM CLEAN AND HEALTHY, AND TO REMOVER TARTAR FROM BELOW HIS GUM LINE.

NEGLECTED TEETH WILL NOT ONLY EVENTUALLY AMOUNT TO HIGH VET BILLS, BUT THEY CAN CAUSE UNNECESSARY SUFFERING AND PAIN IN YOUR DOG. MAINTAINING AND CARING FOR HIS TEETH FROM AN EARLY AGE IS VITAL FOR THE HEALTH AND HAPPINESS OF YOUR CANINE COMPANION.

For more information on your dog’s teeth visit: ASPCA .

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1 Puppy Guy February 3, 2011 at 8:43 am

Good article, even though it was in all caps :P But really, I wanted to comment to say I love the photo that you used. That chihuahua (that’s what it is, right?) looks like Yoda :)

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