When it comes to teeth cleaning for dogs, it’s not easy. If they aren’t used to it, many dogs can growl because they get scared if a human hand and tooth brush is headed toward their mouth. But it’s an important part of being a pet owner. A pet’s teeth are the gateway to their health.
If teeth cleaning for dogs isn’t done on a regular basis, tartar and plaque can build up. Just like humans, this can cause tooth decay and a weakening in the teeth. Eventually, if left unattended, it can lead to more serious problems like abscess and infection. This can result in the tooth or teeth having to be pulled, or more serious complications. Poor dental health can also lead to other overall health issues.
We recommend brushing your dog’s teeth at least once a day. However, we understand that doing so isn’t always possible with busy schedules. To help insure your pet’s dental health, it is wise to schedule yearly dental exams. Preventing oral disease should be a priority as it can lead to more severe issues. Our veterinarians are highly skilled in canine dentistry and can take care of your pet with the utmost in care.
Something else that’s important to note is your dog’s breath. It’s no secret that most dogs have some pretty nasty breath at times. While not pleasant for our nose, it’s generally not harmful to our pets. However if bad breath is always present, even with teeth cleaning, give us a call. We’ll help determine if it’s just a case of nasty breath or if there is another health issue at play.
Teaching your dog to get used to having his teeth brushed is fairly simple. They have to get comfortable with the tooth brush, tooth paste, and your hand. Introducing the elements to them slowly is best. Contact our team and we’ll give you more tips on how to go through the process for teeth cleaning for dogs. While it’s easier to train puppies, adult dogs can get used to having their teeth brushed too. All it takes is love and patience as well as a little flavored toothpaste.
If you’d like to learn more about teeth cleaning for dogs, give us a call. With a little TLC, your dog’s teeth will be healthy and pearly white for years to come.