Brush up on oral hygiene to avoid dental disease in dogs
Did you know that dental disease is one of the most common diseases in dogs?
“Dental disease involves the buildup of tartar causing gum and tooth irritation. If left untreated, the gums will eventually recede leading to infection and tooth loss. But unlike us, your dog can’t head off to the dentist when he gets a toothache, therefore he will most probably suffer in silence,” explains Chris Taylor Aussie Pooch Mobile’s Founder.
However, there are some warning signs you can look for.
“Early signs include foul smelling breath, excess salivation, and reluctance to eat. Other more serious effects can include tooth loss, abscess formation and secondary infections of other organs including the heart, lungs, kidneys and liver. If you suspect that you dog has dental disease, it is important to take him to your vet for a check up,” says Chris.
If diagnosed with dental disease, your dog may require a dental scale under general anesthetic. This involves scaling and polishing the teeth and possible tooth extractions.
But the best cure for dental disease is prevention!!
The most effective way to remove plaque from your dog’s teeth is to brush them, using a special pet toothbrush and toothpaste designed for use on animals.
Brushing must be introduced to your dog slowly, and can begin by rubbing his lips and gums with your finger before introducing a finger brush or toothbrush. When the brush is first introduced, start by only brushing a few teeth at a time, and eventually work up to include all teeth.
Some dogs won’t be able to tolerate having their teeth being brushed so other forms of dental prevention can be adopted.
Rawhide bones, chews, large strips of raw meat and large biscuits can be given to dogs and daily to help encourage chewing and to prevent formation of plaque and tartar.
National Pet Dental month begins in August and is the perfect time to brush up on oral hygiene and avoid dental disease in your dog. May vets are offering free dental checks throughout August.
Aussie Pooch Mobile is the World’s First and Premier Dog Wash and Care franchise system Visit www.aussiepm.com.au or phone 1300 369 369