ADVICE & CARE
Dental care for dogs
Even more than humans, dogs need proper dental care. Unfortunately our canine friends are unable to brush their teeth, this means that the responsibility for their dental care lies with their human companion.
If dogs don’t get that care, they could end up with a bacterial infection of the mouth called Canine Periodontitis. This is the beginning of decay, and symptoms of this condition start as mildly inflamed gums and can develop into gum disease, mouth pain and even bone and tooth loss.
Things to watch out for
Your dog may have canine periodontitis if you’ve noticed any of the following symptoms:
- Smelly breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Yellow or brown teeth
- Loose or missing teeth
- Difficulty chewing hard food or toys
How to stop things getting worse
Fortunately, periodontal disease can be prevented, treated and even reversed if caught early. With a bit of help from Our Vet, you can protect your pooch by taking one or more of the following simple steps:
- Brush teeth regularly using a toothpaste formulated for dogs (available at Best Friends)
- Visit Our Vet for regular professional dental cleanings
- Give your dog dental chew toys and treats regularly
- Feed your dog a prescription diet formulated to fight periodontitis.
Other reasons to look after your dog’s teeth
Avoiding periodontitis isn’t the only reason to make sure your dog has a clean bill of dental health. Regular cleaning can also prevent gingivitis (painful inflammation of the gums) and halitosis (bad breath), and has even been linked to a lower risk of heart disease!
Get your dog’s dental health checked at least every six months - we call this Twice For Life. If you notice any of the above symptoms, make an appointment straight away, to get your faithful friend on the road to health.