You’re probably perfectly well aware of how important dental care is for you and your children. However, since oral health for dogs is not nearly as prominently promoted in popular culture and society as it is among human beings, you may not be aware that these concerns are every bit as vital to your furry canine friends as they are to you.
According to the Bakersfield Californian, the American Veterinary Dental Society has reported that 80 percent of dogs have shown signs of periodontal disease by the time they turn three.
Diseases do not discriminate between humans and dogs, or any other type of animal for that matter. The consequences of severe gum disease can be just as harmful to dogs, with the potential to significantly damage the heart, lungs and kidneys, among other organs.
You will likely find that taking care of your dog’s teeth isn’t at all difficult, once you learn the proper techniques and have the right tools. A veterinarian can easily assist you in your endeavors.
The right toothbrush for your dog should be optimally designed to properly fit his or her jaw, and have the right bristle strength for his or her teeth. Specially made toothpaste, usually meat-flavored, is also necessary – you should never use your own toothpaste.
Since dogs have very sensitive mouths, particularly puppies, being careful and gentle when going about this process is your most surefire chance for success. If your dog acts aggressively, leave his or her dental care up to a veterinarian. You should also do so if your dog is suffering from a serious dental condition such as gum disease – you will not be able to deal with such an issue without a veterinarian.
The International Business Times reports that in addition to special toothpaste and brushes, numerous other products can be found that are specially designed to promote your dog’s dental hygiene. These include fluoride water additives, chews that include plaque and tartar-removing ingredients, and even products to help curb your pooch’s bad breath.
As a method to strengthen your dog’s teeth, while also benefiting his or her oral health and general well-being, you can as occasionally sneak fruits or vegetables, including apples or carrots, into meals.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, periodontal disease is the most common detriment to the dental health of dogs as well as cats. Dogs may also be prone to tumors of the mouth and throat, which should be detected early for optimal treatment.
What are your tips to keep up with your dog’s oral health and bad breath?