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Doggy Dental Care 101

Did you know that February is Pet Dental Health Month? Keeping Fido’s teeth in good shape is very important! Read on as a Wake Forest, NC vet offers some helpful doggy dental care tips.

Common Dental Issues

Dogs can be afflicted by a wide variety of dental issues, including cracked, broken, or missing teeth; abscesses; infections; and misalignments. Gum disease is also quite widespread among our canine friends. This is actually quite concerning, because, although it is painless in its early stages, gum disease can contribute to some very serious health issues, such as heart disease and liver problems. Ask your vet for more information.

Warning Signs

Your furry pal may be pretty good at letting you know he wants a walk, but he will be hard pressed to tell you he has a toothache. Keep a close eye out for signs of dental issues. Some common ones are bad breath; excessive, ropy, or bloody drool; tartar buildup; swelling; and bleeding gums. You’ll also want to watch for behavioral clues, such as a reduced appetite, grumpiness, and/or a lack of interest in play. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these red flags.

Doggy Dental Exams

We recommend getting your pup’s teeth examined at least once a year, starting around age one. Keep in mind that, when treating dental issues in our canine pals, the objective isn’t to give Fido a perfect smile. Your pet will still be adorable with a crooked grin! The point is to address issues that can cause pain or infections, or lead to other health issues.

Home Care

In addition to getting Fido’s choppers checked every year, there are also things you can do at home to keep your pup’s teeth healthy. Brushing is of course at the top of the list. Be sure to only use products made for dogs, as human toothbrushes and toothpastes are neither safe nor suitable for Fido. Training will also take time, so be patient. If your canine buddy isn’t having it, ask your vet for advice about offering him dental-formula kibble, treats, or chews. These things are made to fight plaque and tartar. It’s also important to make sure your pet always has plenty of fresh water and safe, suitable chew toys.

Do you know or suspect that your pup has dental troubles? Contact us, your Wake Forest, NC animal clinic, today!

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