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Is Dog Dental Care Necessary?


Caring for your dogs teeth is a vital part of his overall health and maintenance. Sure, you may feel funny brushing Fido's pearly whites every night before bed, but good dental care for dogs is much more than just having white teeth and good breath.

Dental disease in dogs can cause serious health issues as the bacteria from infected gums and teeth can "spread" to other parts of the body and affect vital organs such as the heart, kidneys and intestines. Tarter or dental calculus starts off soft but can harden on the dogs teeth. Once hardened, it cannot be brushed away but requires a dental scaling just like you get in the dentist chair! If the teeth are left untreated, the buildup can cause the gums to become inflamed and can also cause serious infections.

Does Your Dog Have Bad Teeth?

To tell if your dog has bad teeth, lift up his lips and check his teeth at the gumline - can you see tarter? Are the teeth white or discolored? Does his breath smell? Are there broken teeth?

All of these can indicate the need for better dog tooth care. Your veterinarian will probably do a dental check as part of they yearly checkup and can advise you as to the extent of the problem, if any.

Providing Better Dog Tooth Care

Bones

Chewing on raw bones can be a good way for your dog to remove built up tarter. I would advise against cooked bones as they can splinter and cause damage to the gums or intestine if swallowed. There are also some manufactured bones that are specially formulated for dental care.

Brushing Your Dogs Teeth

Brushing is a vital part of dog tooth care and should be done at least once a week. There are plenty of flavored toothpastes formulated for dogs that your pet will love the taste of. You can use a finger brush (a rubber piece that fits on the end of your finger with bristles), a hand held brush that looks much like a human tooth brush, or a little brush that fits on the end of a "ring" which you put on your finger. I have a tiny dog with a small mouth and I find the "ring" brush works best for me.

Scaling

This procedure is done by your veterinarian and is pretty much the same thing as the scaling you get at the dentist. The teeth are scraped and polished and any loose or badly damaged teeth are removed. Your dog is put under anesthesia for this procedure and it is quite costly. Proper brushing will limit the need for this to be done.

Getting Your Dog Used To Brushing

While it's best to start when he is a puppy, it's not too late for your older dog to get good dental care! Start off slowly, maybe with just a dab of the toothpaste on your finger so he can lick it off (my dog loves the taste!). Be sure to use a special paste for dogs and not human toothpaste - get a paste from your vet that has enzymes that will help fight the bacteria. Also, you'll want a soft brush so you do not damage the gums.

Take it one day at a time and gradually get the dog used to you touching his head and opening the mouth. Each day try to go one step further - open the mouth, then touch his teeth, then his gums. Use your finger at first and introduce the brush later. This can be a a bonding time for you and your dog - eventually your pet may even look forward to his nightly brushing!

You should try to brush your dogs teeth every day or at least every other day so that the plaque will not have a chance to harden. While this may seem like a chore, think of it as an important medical need for your pet. Frequent brushing and proper dental care can add years to your pets life!

Lee Dobbins is a pet lover and webmaster of ePet Pet Center where you can find out more about the care of pets. Be sure to check out the new dog breed guide.


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Don’t feed pets these Thanksgiving foods  WWBT NBC12 News

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Pets and renter’s insurance: Why you need it  Bankrate.com

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Shelter Tails: Senior pets need love too  Times Herald-Record

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Pets of The Week Shelter List  Times Herald-Record

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Facial recognition software to help find lost pets  WCTI12.com

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Innovet Pet Releases Thanksgiving Food Guide For Keeping Pets Safe During The Holiday  PRNewswire

6 Thanksgiving foods you should keep away from your pets - WYMT News
6 Thanksgiving foods you should keep away from your pets  WYMT News

Pets of the Week for Nov. 21 - Chico Enterprise-Record
Pets of the Week for Nov. 21  Chico Enterprise-Record

Thanksgiving table staples that could be toxic to your pets - Cleveland 19 News
Thanksgiving table staples that could be toxic to your pets  Cleveland 19 News

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Turkey Day trauma: Keeping Thanksgiving safe for your pets  Rutland Herald

Petition Seeks Medical Marijuana for Ailing Household Pets - U.S. News & World Report
Petition Seeks Medical Marijuana for Ailing Household Pets  U.S. News & World Report

Kent County Animal Shelter waiving fees on adoptable pets - WZZM13.com
Kent County Animal Shelter waiving fees on adoptable pets  WZZM13.com

Local organization helps ensure pets aren't euthanized if owner can't afford emergency medical care - WKBW-TV
Local organization helps ensure pets aren't euthanized if owner can't afford emergency medical care  WKBW-TV

Keep human food away from pets - WJFW-TV
Keep human food away from pets  WJFW-TV

Holiday travel tips for pets - KFOX El Paso
Holiday travel tips for pets  KFOX El Paso

Le Mars student donates pet oxygen masks to help save pets - KCAU 9
Le Mars student donates pet oxygen masks to help save pets  KCAU 9

PCAS using new facial recognition software to find lost pets - WNCT
PCAS using new facial recognition software to find lost pets  WNCT

Local 10 investigates new technology to save kids, pets left in hot cars - WPLG Local 10
Local 10 investigates new technology to save kids, pets left in hot cars  WPLG Local 10

Pets of the Week: Mikey and Darla - Homer News
Pets of the Week: Mikey and Darla  Homer News

Local vet recommends CBD products to lower anxiety in pets when traveling - WPEC
Local vet recommends CBD products to lower anxiety in pets when traveling  WPEC

To Your Health: Thankful for the Health Benefits of Pets - KRCU
To Your Health: Thankful for the Health Benefits of Pets  KRCU

Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 20, 2019 - OregonLive
Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 20, 2019  OregonLive

Pets Global Launches New Pet Food Line to Meet Customer Demand - PRNewswire
Pets Global Launches New Pet Food Line to Meet Customer Demand  PRNewswire

Indianapolis Animal Care: Call before surrendering pets - WISHTV.com
Indianapolis Animal Care: Call before surrendering pets  WISHTV.com

Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Taz, Popice, Stumps, Bubba, Bruno - Rockville, MD Patch
Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Taz, Popice, Stumps, Bubba, Bruno  Rockville, MD Patch

Frozen cat food recalled over salmonella risk posed to pets and owners - USA TODAY
Frozen cat food recalled over salmonella risk posed to pets and owners  USA TODAY

Animal Doctor: Ingredients in collars may play a role in pets developing cancer - Tulsa World
Animal Doctor: Ingredients in collars may play a role in pets developing cancer  Tulsa World

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Ozzy - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Ozzy - 47abc  WMDT

Meeting held on prevention tactics after pets attacked by coyotes in College Park - WESH 2 Orlando
Meeting held on prevention tactics after pets attacked by coyotes in College Park  WESH 2 Orlando

Residents, pets escape Coventry house fire - WPRI.com
Residents, pets escape Coventry house fire  WPRI.com

The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets Out Today for PS VR - PlayStation.Blog
The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets Out Today for PS VR  PlayStation.Blog

Healthcare for Homeless Animals pays for medical care for shelter pets - Thousand Oaks Acorn
Healthcare for Homeless Animals pays for medical care for shelter pets  Thousand Oaks Acorn

Cold weather safety tips for your pets - Local 22/44 News
Cold weather safety tips for your pets  Local 22/44 News

KPD Animal Control accepting pet supply donations - WVLT.TV
KPD Animal Control accepting pet supply donations  WVLT.TV

Adoptable pets of the week at Animal Harbor in Nov. 21, 2019, edition - Winchester Herald Chronicle
Adoptable pets of the week at Animal Harbor in Nov. 21, 2019, edition  Winchester Herald Chronicle

The pet industry's shift towards technology - Axios
The pet industry's shift towards technology  Axios

Routt County adoptable pets: Bandit the cat and Maple the dog - Steamboat Pilot & Today
Routt County adoptable pets: Bandit the cat and Maple the dog  Steamboat Pilot & Today

Marion County Pets: Colin, Flip and RJ - WCJB
Marion County Pets: Colin, Flip and RJ  WCJB

Pet owners should be aware of traps and snares in Idaho - Idaho News
Pet owners should be aware of traps and snares in Idaho  Idaho News

Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever - Slate
Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever  Slate

Three People, Two Pets Escape Coventry House Fire - Coventry, RI Patch
Three People, Two Pets Escape Coventry House Fire  Coventry, RI Patch

Broome County Humane Society reminding pet owners of importance of spaying and neutering - WBNG-TV
Broome County Humane Society reminding pet owners of importance of spaying and neutering  WBNG-TV

Adoption center has senior pets looking for a home - KOB
Adoption center has senior pets looking for a home  KOB

Pups in tuxes and paw-dicures at pet-friendly Fur Ball to support PAWS Chicago - Chicago Tribune
Pups in tuxes and paw-dicures at pet-friendly Fur Ball to support PAWS Chicago  Chicago Tribune

Pets Miracle Network one of 86 grant recipients - Dodge City Daily Globe
Pets Miracle Network one of 86 grant recipients  Dodge City Daily Globe

Gov. Ivey awards $95K grant to provide shelter for pets belonging to victims of domestic violence - WSFA
Gov. Ivey awards $95K grant to provide shelter for pets belonging to victims of domestic violence  WSFA

'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather - USA TODAY
'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

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Pet of the Week - Lamda  News8000.com - WKBT

Local Carpet Cleaning Company Helps Out Our Homeless Pets in Columbus - WLTZ 38 NBC
Local Carpet Cleaning Company Helps Out Our Homeless Pets in Columbus  WLTZ 38 NBC

PET SENSE: Spaying, neutering and vaccination donated to 75 pets on shoreline - Shoreline Times
PET SENSE: Spaying, neutering and vaccination donated to 75 pets on shoreline  Shoreline Times

Pet Health: Caring for your Pet’s Health - WFLA
Pet Health: Caring for your Pet’s Health  WFLA

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Edgewater's Pet Mayor, Pax The Goat, Leads Effort To Raise Funds For Local Dog Park  Block Club Chicago

Pet of the Month - Thousand Oaks Acorn
Pet of the Month  Thousand Oaks Acorn

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Hotel Owners Challenge Ocean City's Pet Policy - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -  WBOC TV 16

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Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say  MLive.com

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Several pets dead, home damaged in Longview fire  KLTV

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Cat food sold nationwide recalled over risks to pets and humans  WTVR CBS 6 News

Can my pet eat this? Holiday food tips for your pets - KRON4
Can my pet eat this? Holiday food tips for your pets  KRON4

Pet Startup Pawp Wants To Take A Bite Out Of Chewy - Forbes
Pet Startup Pawp Wants To Take A Bite Out Of Chewy  Forbes

Winter prep: Make ice melt that is environmentally, pet friendly - KSHB
Winter prep: Make ice melt that is environmentally, pet friendly  KSHB

Take a Santa photo with your pet - FOX 31 Denver
Take a Santa photo with your pet  FOX 31 Denver

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Pet store thief throws guinea pig out of fleeing car, but 'Lucky' suffered no injuries  Fox News

Pet of the Week: Hayden - Lewiston Sun Journal
Pet of the Week: Hayden  Lewiston Sun Journal

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Family says 4-pound dog squashed by FedEx box; pet is euthanized  Los Angeles Times

Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans - WLWT Cincinnati
Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans  WLWT Cincinnati

Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science - NBCNews.com
Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science  NBCNews.com

Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans? - WTOP
Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans?  WTOP

NJ pets in need: Nov. 18, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Nov. 18, 2019  NJ.com

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18 Bookish Gifts for Animal Lovers (and Pets!)  Book Riot

3 pets rescued, Wake Forest family loses home to fire - CBS17.com
3 pets rescued, Wake Forest family loses home to fire  CBS17.com

Dubuque Fire Department receives donation of pet oxygen masks - KCRG
Dubuque Fire Department receives donation of pet oxygen masks  KCRG

Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center - CBS Pittsburgh
Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center  CBS Pittsburgh

Ohio State program helps pet owners cope during grief process - The Ohio State University News
Ohio State program helps pet owners cope during grief process  The Ohio State University News

Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Max - RADIO.COM
Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Max  RADIO.COM

Fayetteville Animal Services Hosting ‘Home For The Howlidays’ Pet Adoption & Toy Drive - KFSM 5Newsonline
Fayetteville Animal Services Hosting ‘Home For The Howlidays’ Pet Adoption & Toy Drive  KFSM 5Newsonline

Nicholas Pet Haven in need of holiday fosters - KETK | FOX51 | EastTexasMatters.com
Nicholas Pet Haven in need of holiday fosters  KETK | FOX51 | EastTexasMatters.com

Low-cost pet adoption events coming to Solano - Fairfield Daily Republic
Low-cost pet adoption events coming to Solano  Fairfield Daily Republic

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Smith - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Smith  KCBD

Free preventative care clinic for pets for low-income, homeless pet owners happening Monday - KSAT San Antonio
Free preventative care clinic for pets for low-income, homeless pet owners happening Monday  KSAT San Antonio

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/19/2019) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/19/2019)  ABC15 Arizona

Pets of the Week - Clarksville Now
Pets of the Week  Clarksville Now

The Adoptables: Pets of the week (11/20/19) | Gallery - Fredericksburg.com
The Adoptables: Pets of the week (11/20/19) | Gallery  Fredericksburg.com

Puppies rescued from South Florida pet shop - WPTV.com
Puppies rescued from South Florida pet shop  WPTV.com

Pet Parents: This Is Your Holiday-Travel Essential - Refinery29
Pet Parents: This Is Your Holiday-Travel Essential  Refinery29

Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over Salmonella risk to pets, humans - KATU
Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over Salmonella risk to pets, humans  KATU

Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold - 13abc Action News
Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold  13abc Action News

Are you feeling stressed? Pet your pet - Nevada Appeal
Are you feeling stressed? Pet your pet  Nevada Appeal

Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 18 - Mokena, IL Patch
Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 18  Mokena, IL Patch

Casper Alums Are Launching a ‘Direct-to-Dog’ Pet Food Subscription Service - Observer
Casper Alums Are Launching a ‘Direct-to-Dog’ Pet Food Subscription Service  Observer

Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County - WRAL.com
Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County  WRAL.com

Protecting your pets from the cold - WITN
Protecting your pets from the cold  WITN

The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019 - Los Angeles Times
The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019  Los Angeles Times

Bideawee Hosts Holiday Pet Photo Shoot with Santa - Patch.com
Bideawee Hosts Holiday Pet Photo Shoot with Santa  Patch.com

Former Casper execs launch DTC pet wellness company Jinx - Digiday
Former Casper execs launch DTC pet wellness company Jinx  Digiday

Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too! - PEOPLE.com
Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too!  PEOPLE.com

Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too. - Vox.com
Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too.  Vox.com

Pet Talk | A new treatment for broken bones - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Pet Talk | A new treatment for broken bones  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Community Pet of the Week: Barney Chelsea Torres 12:50 PM, Nov 20, 2019 - KRIS Corpus Christi News
Community Pet of the Week: Barney Chelsea Torres 12:50 PM, Nov 20, 2019  KRIS Corpus Christi News

'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold - NewsChannel5.com
'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold  NewsChannel5.com

National City Will Let Voters Decide on Pet Sale Ban - NBC 7 San Diego
National City Will Let Voters Decide on Pet Sale Ban  NBC 7 San Diego

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