Keeping your canine companions teeth and gums healthy
Believe it or not, taking care of your dog’s dental health is just as important as looking after your own. Proper dental care for pets is critical to your pet’s overall health and wellbeing. Dental disease, if left untreated or detected, can cause tooth abscesses and bacteria which can result in heart, liver, and kidney health problems.
The good news is, in most cases, dental disease is preventable with regular dental examinations and the appropriate ongoing dental care. There are things you can do at home to ensure your dog’s teeth are in top condition. Having a dental health check at your local veterinarian’s office will give you and your pet a good starting point.
During this visit, we will carry out a thorough examination of your dog’s mouth, teeth, and gums to determine if there are any signs of gingivitis, plaque build-up or infection. The outcome of this examination will identify if your dog requires a professional dental scale and polish or simply some at-home preventive measures to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Signs of dental disease can include:
- bad breath
- discoloured teeth
- loose teeth
- reluctance to chew or eat
- excessive drooling
- blood-stained inflamed gums
- facial swelling
- pawing at the mouth
Ask your local Greencross Vets about your dog’s dental health during their next visit. This is a great time to discuss any other health care matters that are of concern, such as diet and nutrition, heartworm prevention, intestinal worming, flea and tick prevention, and skin care.