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Caring for Your Dog’s Teeth

Does your canine buddy make you cringe when he tries to give you puppy kisses? If Fido has bad breath, he may need to get his choppers checked. Keeping your pup’s teeth healthy is very important! Read on as a local Diamond Bar, CA vet discusses caring for your dog’s teeth.

Dental Issues

Dogs can actually suffer from a variety of dental troubles, such as cracked, broken, or missing teeth; gum disease; and abscesses. These issues are not only very painful for Fido, they can also be quite dangerous! Keep an eye out for warning signs. Some common ones are bad breath; excessive, ropy, or bloody drool; swelling; tartar buildup; and blood traces on chew toys or food dishes. Your pooch may also act grumpy if his teeth hurt, and may not feel very playful. Dental issues can also cause a loss of appetite. Contact your vet right away if you notice any of these issues in your furry friend.

Veterinary Care

Fido should have his teeth checked by a vet at least once a year, starting around age one. Of course, if you know or suspect that your canine pal has dental problems, you’ll want to get him examined immediately. Doggy dental treatments are always offered on a case-by-case basis, and can range from simple deep cleanings to extractions and other procedures. Keep in mind that the point here isn’t to give your furry companion a perfect, pearly-white smile: it’s to deal with issues that can cause pain, infections, and/or other medical troubles.

Home Care

In addition to getting your pup’s teeth examined by a vet, you’ll also want to keep up with his home care. Brushing is one of the best things you can do to keep Fido’s teeth healthy. To get your pooch used to the idea, start by just gently rubbing his teeth and gums. Next, incorporate pet toothpaste and a doggy toothbrush. Never use human products on your canine friend: things made for us are neither safe nor suitable for dogs. If your four-legged buddy doesn’t like having his teeth cleaned, ask your vet about using dental-formula treats, kibble, or chews. Last but not least, make sure your furry buddy always has fresh water and appropriate chew toys.

Do you know or suspect that your dog needs his choppers checked? Contact us, your local Diamond Bar, CA pet clinic, today!

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