Dental Care for Pets
Dental problems in pets is quite common, as in humans. Many pet owners fail to understand that their pets need oral care regularly rather than on alternate days.
Problems Faced by Dogs Due to Lack of Oral Care
- Bad Breath
This is one of the most immediate and noticeable signs of bad oral care. Dogs, just like humans, start smelling bad if their mouth is not cleaned.
Tooth-Loss In the long term, the built-up plaque solidifies and infects the tooth. Slowly, the tooth starts to decay and falls out eventually. This doesn’t stop here; the infected tooth further infects the neighboring teeth. That is why your pet is at the risk of losing multiple teeth if not cleaned regularly.
- Bleeding Gums
Just like humans, pets also face the problem of bleeding gums. The bacteria in the mouth spoils the gums, and this can be very painful in simple tasks such as chewing become troublesome.
- Organ Damage
Though this cause may sound exaggerated, it is quite true! Bacteria present in the plaque can enter the bloodstream and spread to other organs. This can make your dog ill, and in severe cases, it can also lead to organ failure.
Ways to Maintain Oral Hygiene
The most basic and effective way to maintain your dog’s oral hygiene is to brush his teeth every day. It can initially be a task as your pet won’t be comfortable with this, but you can train him. There a lot of flavored pet-friendly toothpaste and brushes available in the market to choose from.
- Dental chews
A lot of companies manufacture chews to assist in the teeth cleaning process. However, before selecting any product, please read the label carefully and consult your vet before giving it to your dog.
- Tooth wipes
An alternative to brushing, using tooth wipes is comparatively easier. All you have to do is wipe your dog’s teeth with one of the wipes. Though this won’t clean the nooks and corner of the mouth, it is an easy solution for busy days.
There are a lot of no-rinse formulas available in the market to maintain oral hygiene. Though these methods are not as effective as brushing, these alternatives can be used in an emergency or busy days. Read labels carefully before choosing a product for your pet.
Consult your vet
No matter what method you choose to maintain oral hygiene, it is important to regularly visit the veterinarian. This would ensure not just oral care but overall optimum health.
Also, do note that each breed, each dog is different and requires different care. Choose products only after consulting a veterinarian. Choose options that best suit your dog.
(Disclaimer: We suggest you consult a veterinarian before following any tips or tricks, as each dog is different and requires different attention)