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Dental Care Tips for Dogs
Author: Dr. Thomas Mackowiak
August 18, 2014 / 0 Comment / In Category Here
You put a lot of thought into keeping your dog healthy, but what about his teeth? As with humans, oral hygiene is an important factor in your dog’s overall health. If he has a toothache or sore gums, he’s dealing with pain and stress that you may not even know about. Left untreated, bacteria introduced by the problem can enter the bloodstream and affect his heart, kidneys or liver. Veterinarians report that an estimated 85 percent of dogs over age four are suffering from some form of periodontal disease, a painful oral condition that can lead to tooth loss and infection. However, all of these problems are preventable with regular dental cleanings and professional checkups.
Like regular grooming or the daily jaunt outside, dental care should be something your dog comes to expect each day. But it won’t happen overnight; most dogs take some time getting used to someone poking around in their mouth, so consider introducing dental care when your pooch is still a puppy. Most experts agree that daily brushing is ideal, but if that’s unrealistic, aim for three to four times per week. Regardless of when you start, take a slow, patient approach, and remember that lots of love and treats go a long way in winning him over.