dogPlenty of dogs show gum disease symptoms by the time they turn four. To prevent problems like this in your beloved pet, give it routine checks and follow the guidelines below.

This is How you Brush your Dog’s Teeth

Position the toothbrush at a 45o angle to your dog’s teeth and thoroughly clean in circular, small strokes. Work on individual areas one at a time and lift the lips when needed. Brush downward on areas that touch your dog’s gums, as these are prone to tartar build-up.

When you’re having trouble cleaning the inner surfaces, even quick and small strokes will do. These areas only accumulate small amounts of tartar. Brush your pet’s teeth at least three times weekly. Doggie toothbrushes and toothpaste can be found from Auckland stores offering pet supplies.

When to Visit the Vet

Whether your pet shows signs of dental problems or not, it’s recommended that you visit the vet every six months for a general check-up, including the dental check-up. Mangerevet.co.nz suggests talking to the vet about lab testing, as well. Go to your vet sooner if you notice the following:

  • Extremely foul breath
  • Change in chewing or eating habits
  • Excessive pawing of the mouth or face
  • Excessive drooling
  • Growths or lumps inside the mouth
  • Missing, misaligned, crooked, broken or discoloured teeth
  • Bleeding, painful, swollen or red gums
  • Brownish-yellow tartar along the gum line
  • Depression

Soft Food vs. Dry Food

Crunchy dog kibble is better for your pet’s teeth than soft, wet dog food. Soft food sticks easily to the teeth and may cause tooth decay.

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Chewing The Way to Clean Teeth and Calmness

Chew toys, specially rawhide, rubber and nylon items that are toxin-free, will satiate your pet’s love to gnaw everything and make the teeth stronger. These toys also massage the gums and aid in keeping your dog’s teeth clean by eliminating soft tartar build-up. In addition, studies indicate that chewing can lower your dog’s stress level.

Caring for your dog involves more than just giving it food and shelter. Make sure you take your pet to the vet to know if there are health problems.

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