Doggy Dental Issues

Have you ever had a toothache? If so, you know they aren’t much fun. Dental issues are just as painful for our canine pals as they are for us! A Winnipeg, Manitoba vet discusses Fido’s dental health in this article.

Warning Signs

Fido can’t exactly make himself an appointment, so it’s up to you to watch for warning signs that something is wrong. Bad breath is a common one: if your furry buddy’s affectionate puppy kisses leave you gagging, he may have dental issues. Some other red flags are visible swelling or tartar buildup; bloody smears on toys or dishes; and excessive or bloody drool. You may notice some behavioral clues, such as shying, reduced interest in play, and crankiness. Your pup may also take longer eating, chew on one side of his mouth, or start preferring soft food.

Common Dental Issues

Gum disease is a very widespread dental problem in our canine friends. Although the disease is painless and asymptomatic at first, it is still very dangerous. The bacteria can spread from your four-legged pal’s mouth to his vital organs, and can contribute to some serious health issues, such as heart disease. Man’s Best Friend can also crack or break his teeth by chewing or playing with hard objects. Other common dental issues include infections, abscesses, and misalignments.

Dental Checkups

Fido should have his choppers checked by a vet at least once a year. If you see any of the symptoms noted above, schedule an appointment right away. Doggy dental treatments are always offered on a case-by-case basis, after a diagnosis has been made. They may range from a simple cleaning to extractions.

Home Care

There are some that things you can do at home to keep your pup’s choppers healthy. Brushing is one great option. To get Fido used to the idea, start by just gently rubbing his teeth and gums with your finger. Offer him toys, treats, and praise, so he knows he’s being pampered. Then, add doggy toothpaste and, finally, a pet toothbrush. You can also offer your canine buddy dental-formula treats, kibble, and chews. Pet oral rinses are also beneficial. Last but not least, make sure your furry pal always has fresh water and suitable chew toys. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Winnipeg, Manitoba vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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