February is the month of love! And BestBullySticks.com knows that one of the best ways you can love your dog is caring for his mouth! Yes, you read that right! Unfortunately pet dental health is often overlooked, and if left untreated can lead to serious health problems such as heart, lung and kidney disease. Today, BBS will show you how to monitor and treat your dog’s dental health.
- Abnormally Bad Breath: By nature, dogs don’t have the sweetest of breath, but when something is wrong, your dog’s breath will be particularly bad.
- Excessive Drooling
- Swollen Gums
- Tumors or cysts on gums or under the tongue
- Loose Teeth
But what do the symptoms mean? Here are some of the most common dental problems your dog can encounter.
Periodontal Disease: This is an infection that occurs between a tooth and the gum that causes tooth loss and can even spread to the rest of the body. This disease is very painful for dogs.
Gingivitis: Just like humans, dogs can get gingivitis, which is an issue caused by the buildup of plaque, tartar and bacteria on the gums. Swollen, reddened and bleeding gums and bad breath are all symptoms.
Halitosis: Bad breath can mean bad health. This is one of the first signs of many different oral issues and can be caused by stuck food or tartar build up.
Inflamed Gums: This is also caused by tartar build up or getting food particles stuck in teeth.
Mouth Tumors & Cysts: Lumps can begin forming on your dog’s gums because of neglected oral hygiene. These can sometimes be malignant and have to be surgically removed. Salivary cysts can also appear in your dog’s mouth. These large, fluid-filled blisters show up under the tongue or corners of the jaw. These sores require drainage and the damaged saliva gland must be removed.
Breath Test: Your dog’s breath most likely isn’t fresh as a spring day. But as long as their breath isn’t overly offensive and isn’t accompanied with disinterest in food, vomiting or excessive drinking and peeing, you’re probably okay.
Lip & Gums Examination: Sit down with your dog every week and take a look at his gums and teeth. Lifting his lips, you should see normal pink gums. Abnormal gums will be white or red and swollen. Teeth should be clean without brownish tartar.
Brush Your Dog’s Teeth: Your dog may not like it, but they need to have their teeth brushed at least once a week. A specially made dog toothbrush or your finger wrapped in gauze will suffice. You’ll also need special doggy toothpaste or a paste made from baking soda and water. Get your dog used to the idea of brushing by daily rubbing his lips with your finger in a circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds. When your dog is comfortable with this, introduce the toothpaste or baking soda paste so the taste become familiar. Then introduce your dog to the toothbrush.
Dental Chews: Keep your dog’s teeth clean with dental chews, like bully sticks. Our sticks massage dog’s gums and scrape away tartar, making bully sticks the easiest and most enjoyable way to clean your dog’s teeth.
Diet: What your dog eats is also important for oral care. Specially formulated food can help slow down the buildup of plaque and tartar. Taking the table scraps out of our dog’s diet will help as well.
Dental Checkup & Exam: Most veterinarian practices offer dental exams and treatment. If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning your dog’s teeth, let a professional!
However you decide to keep your dog’s mouth clean, make sure you stick with it. Preventative care now can save you tons of heartache and money in the future. Plus, your dog will thank you! Show us your dog’s pearly white by uploading your dog’s photo to Best Bully Sticks Facebook! Comment below to share your dental healthy tips and tricks with us!