Doggy breath – becoming an issue?
If your dog is behind in brushing and has bad breath issues, you may have to check your pet’s mouth for tartar build up, swelling and discolored gums, because bad breath is often the first sign of gum disease. Along with bad breath, watch out for the following signs:
- - Loss of appetite
- - Vomiting
- - Thirst/frequent urinating
- - Heavy drooling
- - Inflamed gums
- - Tumors/cysts in the mouth
- - Loose teeth
Food particles when caught between your pet’s teeth, grows bacteria; when hardened this can turn into tartar causing gingivitis.
Canine oral diseases
By the age of 7 to 8 months, your dog would have lost his puppy teeth and gotten a neat set of 42 adult teeth, and these need to be cleaned regularly. Negligence may lead to a number of serious dental issues such as the following:
- 1. Halitosis is bad breath caused by bacteria and is the first stage for any oral disease.
- 2. Periodontal disease occurs in between the tooth and gums resulting in toothache, loose tooth, bad breath and sneezing with nasal discharge.
- 3. Gingivitis is a gum disease, with plaque/tartar build up, bleeding/swollen gums and bad breath.
- 4. Mouth tumors are little lumps that appear in the gums, which could be benign or malignant. The malignant ones need to be surgically removed.
- 5. Salivary cysts occur under the tongue or near the jaw.
- 6. Tooth decay, cracked / loose teeth and abscess are other issues that occur due to an infection or injury in the mouth.
Best Dental Solutions:
Studies show that bacterial build up in the teeth can migrate to other parts of the body like heart, lungs, kidneys etc. and cause other major health problems; but the good news is that there are simple steps to minimize the risks. Please provide in-home dental care along with routine veterinary check-ups so that you and your pet can enjoy quality life.
- 1. The majority of dogs over 3 years of age start developing tartar build-up and other dental issues. Regular tooth cleaning and annual dental check-ups at a vet clinic - are the best ways to maintain healthy teeth and keep bad doggy breath away.
- 2. There are also many dental chew treats and chew - toys to clean your dog’s mouth in a fun way. Petrodex dental chews are a great tool to clean your dog’s teeth and maintain the best dental hygiene.
- 3. It is important you use the right dog tooth paste and tooth brush to clean your dog’s mouth. Never use people’s tooth paste for pets, because it contains certain ingredients which may not be suitable for dog’s health.
- 4. Mouth washes are available for dogs. They can be added to drinking water. When used as directed, it helps to maintain dental health and fresh breath.
- 5. There are also fresh breath clean teeth gels and sprays to help maintain cleaner teeth and reduce tartar build-up. Check out Tropiclean gel to reduce tartar build up and bad breath.
- 6. Good digestion has a great impact on dental hygiene. Your pet’s mouth normally contains bacteria; providing the good bacteria for digestion naturally out-competes the pathogens in the mouth. Canine Fortiflora is a great probiotic supplement that will pave way for your pet’s optimum digestive health.
Dental hygiene is not something to be messed with. Unlike humans, most dogs do not show signs of pain and it becomes a pet owner’s responsibility to ensure best dental health for your dog.