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Maintaining Your Dog’s Dental Health

June 1, 2014

Keeping your dog’s teeth and gums healthy is one of the best things you can do for his overall health. Use these easy tips from a West Greenwich veterinarian to keep your pooch’s pearly whites healthy!

Sniff Dog’s Breath

Yes, that’s right—lean over and sniff your dog’s breath every once in a while. It’s not going to be exactly lovely, but breath that is especially offensive or rotten-smelling could indicate a problem. It’s best to call your veterinarian to get your pooch examined.

Teeth and Gum Check

About once a week or so, lift up your dog’s lips and examine the gums and teeth. Healthy gums will be pink in color, not too red and not too white. Look for any bleeding or inflammation. Also check the teeth—if they seem to be gunked up with a lot of brownish tartar, your dog is probably due for a dental cleaning.

Maintain Good Diet

A high-quality canine diet that is appropriate for your dog’s age is another great way to maintain good dental health. Some dog foods are even specially formulated to slow the formation of plaque and tartar. In addition, certain dog treats can promote good dental hygiene, as well as help scrape tartar off of teeth. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation.

Regular Brushing

You can brush your dog’s teeth at home—all you need is some patience, a dog-formulated toothpaste, and a dog toothbrush. At first, simply massage your dog’s gums and teeth with your finger to get her familiar with the sensation. Next, introduce a small dab of the toothpaste. When your dog is used to the taste, try brushing a few teeth at a time. Go in small, circular motions, and don’t worry about the inner surfaces of teeth as only small amounts of tartar stick there.

Veterinary Visits

Regular veterinary visits are another sure-fire way to keep your dog’s dental health—and overall condition—in great shape. Any problems will be caught early, allowing for prompt treatment and recovery.

Please feel free to contact us, your local animal clinic in West Greenwich, RI!

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