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Check Your Dogs Teeth

Sunday, October 11, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

dogteethcheckYour dog is carefree and happy and probably the last thing you think about is that he may have dental problems.Vets say 85 percent of canines over age 4 have some form of gum disease. Other frequent problems include crooked, cracked or loose teeth, an infection or an abscess. You probably won’t even know when your dog has oral discomfort.

All dogs are susceptible to periodontal disease, but contributing factors include the reaction of the dog’s immune system, age, diet and chewing habits. In any dog, the best way to protect your dog is routine dental care — a combination of at-home tooth brushing, good quality chews and periodic dental exams by a professional.Ask your vet which kind of chews is best for your dogs teeth.

If you dog is leaving telltale spots of blood, has brown tartar on her teeth or if her gums look inflamed and sore, check with your vet. A professional tooth cleaning, done early, can remove the tartar and hinder the progression of gum disease.

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