Brush twice a day, visit a dentist or hygienist in London every six months, remember to floss – we all know the steps necessary for maintaining good oral hygiene as humans. But, as dog owners, are we aware of similar requirements needed to ensure our canines continue to have healthy mouths?
According to veterinary statistics, over 80 percent of dog owners never take a look inside their pet’s mouths, meaning a vast number of oral pathologies go undiagnosed and untreated. It is important that we are aware of our dog’s oral hygiene and smelly doggy breath is usually a sure sign that your dog needs treatment and loose teeth due to rotting tooth sockets and sore and infected gums are generally the culprits.
Like humans, dogs are susceptible to a range of dental maladies including gingivitis, periodontitis, cavities and the build up of plaque and tartar. The symptoms of each of the aforementioned dental dilemmas are the same as those that affect humans and most of the results of leaving these maladies untreated are the same as well.
Without proper treatment your canine can face losing their teeth, and, in extreme cases, the bacteria and germs could enter their bloodstream. Bacteria that is left to run rampant in the bloodstream has been known to cause a myriad of problems including infections and damage of the liver, kidneys, lungs and heart.
In addition to bad breath, reddened and swollen gums, excessive drooling and crusted yellow build-up on the teeth are all symptoms that your dog’s dental hygiene needs addressing. The first step in avoiding oral hygiene problems in your dog is preventing them. Proper oral hygiene should begin when your pet is just a puppy, when their teeth should be brushed at the very least three to four times a week.
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