Dental care for dogs is a vital part of their overall health and it should be a focus of caring for your pet.
Dog dental health is important for many reasons; first and foremost, your dog needs strong, healthy teeth to be able to chew food, bones, toys, and so forth. However, dental health for your dog is much more than just creating strong, shiny pearly whites. 85% of all pets have some kind of periodontal disease by the time they’re three years old.
Dental disease that goes untreated in dogs can result in bad breath, pain when chewing, and eventually the loss of teeth. If bacteria manages to build up underneath the gums, it can travel into a dog’s bloodstream and end up setting in their liver or kidneys where it can really wreak havoc.
You can start providing dental care to your pet at home with regular brushing. You can also talk with your vet about products such as treats, bones, or toys that are made to help clean your dog’s teeth.
Once a year, you should be having your dog’s gums checked and cleaned professionally at your veterinarian’s office.
If you notice bad breath, broken teeth, discoloring, abnormal chewing, reduced appetite, swelling, bleeding or other issues with your dog’s mouth, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian immediately.
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