Common Dental Problems
As a responsible dog owner, your dog’s health is a major consideration. Obviously you need to pay attention to the overall condition of your dog’s health, but an area of particular importance is the condition of their general dental health. Put yourself in your dog’s place and think about all of the different activities that a dog performs with his teeth during a day. It soon becomes apparent why dental check-ups are so important. A dog uses their teeth for grooming, playing, personal defense, biting, barking, chewing, giving affection to his owners, nipping, and eating. It is therefore important to keep an eye out for common dental problems in your canine pal.
Considering each of these different activities, it is safe to say that a dog’s mouth and teeth stay much busier than any other part of his body. As a result, there is a wide range of different problems that can occur in a dog’s mouth that a pet owner should always carefully pay attention to.
Becoming informed about the following issues that can occur in your dog’s mouth and with their teeth is a great step in learning what you can do to prevent or treat them.
Unfortunately, almost all dogs will likely end up getting a periodontal disease at some point in their life. A majority of the time the reason for this is dental hygiene that is either poor or lacking altogether. One of the most noticeable symptoms of periodontal disease is foul smelling breath. Gingivitis and halitosis are common periodontal diseases that are easy to prevent. This can be done by gently brushing your dog’s teeth each and every day. You will also want to look closely along the gum line for any signs of irritation. Feeding your pet dog food that is dry can help tremendously in keeping common dental problems like this at bay, as they help a great deal in keeping a dog’s teeth clean.
Infections of the Mouth
It is fairly common for dogs to get infections in their mouth, and there are quite a few different things that can cause this problem. Dogs love to chew on anything and everything they can. Sometimes they can obtain injuries from chewing on things like sticks or other types of hard objects. When they do this it is very easy for them to get cuts, scrapes, or scratches in the mouth that can easily turn into an infection. For this reason, you will want to check your dog’s mouth frequently for signs of an infection. When you notice any redness or swelling, an antibiotic can quickly stop the bacteria from spreading.
Foreign Objects in the Mouth or Throat
Although this is a problem that happens rather frequently, it is one that can result in the death of your dog if an object were to get lodged in his throat. Splinters from bones or sticks can become lodged in the mouth or throat of a dog. Their molars can easily become chipped or cracked when objects become lodged in their mouth. When they go unnoticed, it can result in the exposure of tooth pulp and infections. When they become lodged in the throat and the dog tries to eat it can result in choking. As they may be signs that an object is stuck in your dog’s mouth or throat, pay attention to excessive drooling, gagging or vomiting, or if your dog continuously paws at his mouth.
When tumors in the mouth go unnoticed, it can develop into cancer and may ultimately take the life of your pet. A periodic check of your dog’s mouth will reveal tumors that should be checked or removed. This one simple step can actually save the life of your dog.
It is important to care for your dog’s mouth and teeth to avoid common dental problems as they can’t do it themselves. Poppy has a daily chew and does have good teeth, though she is still young. We are moving on to teeth brushing soon so wish me luck!