This is Max, Dr. Raquet’s 6 year old boxer. At his yearly check up his vet noticed he had a fractured tooth. No big deal right? Wrong, mans best friend is just as likely to suffer from an abscess from a broken tooth just like us. As it turns out Max’s decision to use a rock as a chew toy was a bad idea.
Don’t be mistaken, chew toys are good for your dogs, they strengthen your pets teeth and massage their gums, just try and help your pup avoid rocks. Poor Max had to be sedated and have his tooth extracted. Although Dr. Raquet is very routine in her doggies dental care, some situations just can’t be avoided. So she would like for us to share a few quick tips for your dogs oral health.
-First things first, get a toothbrush & toothpaste kit made specially for canines. Do not use human toothpaste and do not use a toothpaste with fluoride for dogs under 6 months as this can affect the enamel formation. Be sure to take your dog in for their regular check ups, if your pet has even mild gingivitis brushing his teeth can hurt their gums.
-Get into a habit of checking your dogs cheeks and gums weekly. Lift his cheeks and examine his teeth and gums. They should not be red or white or show any swelling, their teeth should be white without any tartar.
-If there is any tartar or buildup, take your pet in for a cleaning. If your dogs teeth are not cleaned regularly it can lead to gum disease or decay.
-Dietary needs, ask your vet about a specially formulated dog food to reduce the amount of buildup. Avoid table scraps, instead give your pup treats that are made just for dogs.
-I have yet to meet a dog with breath that smells like roses, so the term “dog breath” is reasonable. However if your dogs breath is absolutely unbearable, that may be an indication of more serious issues. Other symptoms to look for are loss of appetite, vomiting, drinking excessive amounts of water and frequent urination. If you observe these symptoms you should contact your veterinarian.
-Last on the check list, is be aware of the signs of oral disease:
–Tumors in gums
–Cyst under tongue
So brush regularly and keep an eye out for those pesky rocks. Happy Wednesday all! 🙂