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Keeping Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy

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Oral health is as important for dogs as it is for people. Studies suggest that maintaining healthy teeth can reduce the risk of many chronic health problems, such as heart damage, liver problems and infections. Our team at Blue Lake Animal Hospital provides outstanding dental care for all animals in our care. In addition to bringing your dog to our vet clinic regularly, there are a few things you can do at home to support your pup’s dental health. These tips are simple to implement in your daily lifestyle and only take several minutes per week, yet they have a large impact on your pet’s health and happiness. If you have any questions, talk to our team.

Brush Your Dog’s Teeth Regularly

One of the best ways to reduce the risk of dental complications is by regular brushing. Dogs can develop plaque, tartar and bacteria overgrowth in the mouth, putting your pet’s health at risk. Brushing helps to prevent cavities, gingivitis and other issues. There are specially flavored toothpaste to make the experience less stressful for your dog. Ideally, you should be brushing your dog’s teeth daily, but if that isn’t possible, aim to do so at least once a week. If you have a puppy, get started right away to get your pup used to it. Once you and your dog get into the habit, the process will be a breeze. 

Provide a Variety of Chew Toys

Chew toys aren’t just fun—your dog will enjoy various dental benefits as a result of chewing on them. Most chew toys are made of synthetic materials like nylon, rubber and plastic. Consider rotating your dog’s chew toys to increase their mental stimulation. The gnawing scrapes away plaque from their teeth (and your slippers will thank you, too), so be sure to encourage your dog’s good behavior.  

Try Dental Chews

Certain dog treats can actually help prevent dental decay. Dental chews fulfill your dog’s cravings while promoting healthier teeth. They work by having ridges and bumps to reduce the buildup of plaque and promote circulation to the gums. They also polish your dog’s teeth, making them look brighter. 

Consider the Pros and Cons of Wet Food

Some pet owners choose to feed their dog wet canned food since some dogs prefer the taste and texture. The high water content in canned food also supports hydration and kidney function. However, wet food can also increase the risk of dental problems since it may stick to the teeth and lead to decay. Good dental habits can lower these risks, as well as alternating between dry and wet food. 

Pay Attention to Signs of Disease

Even if you maintain the best habits possible, your dog may still develop tooth decay. Check your dog’s teeth for discoloration, swollen gums, stains, bad breath and growths in the mouth. Keeping an eye on your dog’s health can make all the difference.    

Visit a Veterinarian

Whenever you have a question about your dog’s dental health, don’t hesitate to call Blue Lake Animal Hospital. We provide state-of-the-art dental care for dogs, cats, pocket pets and more. Get in touch today. 

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