How to Look After Your Puppy’s Teeth

Regular dental care is essential for all dogs, but a small sized toy or dog breeds such as Yorkshire Terriers, Bichons, Chihuahuas, and other similar strains have special dental requirements that have to be considered. 

Most veterinarians report that progressive levels of dental disease are the most common problem seen in the clinic. Unfortunately, plaque buildup and gingivitis may result in not just tooth loss but can also permit hazardous levels of bacteria to the bloodstream, possibly causing harm to other organs such as the heart and kidney.

Small breeds incorporate additional issues into the mixture. First, their mouths are considerably more compact than larger breeds. Secondly, small breeds commonly consume soft canned foods or people’s food which sticks to the gums and teeth. Last, little dogs usually live longer, giving periodontal disease more time to cause problems. When puppies start the process of losing their teeth and making way for the adult teeth, some toy breeds have a more difficult than ordinary period ‘pushing’ these baby teeth. These stubborn baby teeth will have to be eliminated by a veterinarian. Additionally, breeds such as the Japanese Chin and Chihuahua have exceptionally tiny muzzles; therefore, toy breeds could experience overcrowding of teeth. To maintain a normal bite and correct alignment, veterinarian removal of a tooth may also be necessary.

Toy breeds also seem to get tartar and jolt buildup faster and earlier than a lot of the bigger breeds. A fantastic dental health routine has to be established while the dog is still young.

  1. Begin exposing your puppy as soon as you bring him home to the concept of touching his mouth and teeth. Put doggie dental glue in your own finger for him to lick off. The more used he is to the sensations, the simpler it to correctly clean his teeth.
  2. Clean the daily debris out of his teeth. There are lots of choices for keeping his teeth clean and nice. Daily cleanings are perfect, but try to clean at least a few times a week. You can use either a baby washcloth moistened with warm water, a pet finger toothbrush, or a tiny extra-soft bristled kid’s toothbrush (the heads on these toothbrushes are extremely small). Apply only a little bit of pet toothpaste and gently apply to the teeth. You can clean only a few teeth at a time till he becomes comfortable with the procedure.
  3. Several liquid products may be put on the teeth regularly to help discourage bacterial growth. Veterinarians may also apply OraVet (a plaque control gel) in addition to a proper dental cleaning.
  4. Toys and treats may be a crucial part of dental hygiene, but you must be cautious about what your toy breed is chewing on. Many small dogs have chipped or broken teeth on inappropriate chew toys. Be certain to only purchase chew treats that are specifically created for toy breeds. Other products will have warning labels stating not for use by breeds under 15 lbs. Never provide your dog using an unsuitable product. Many products are approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council for toy breeds.
  5. Throughout your yearly vet examination, be sure to heed the advice of your veterinarian. If he or she feels a thorough dental cleaning under anesthesia could be greatest, schedule an appointment for the procedure. Your toy strain will possess exceptional oral health by establishing a fantastic dental hygiene program early on and always doing it. Be sure that you brush your dog’s teeth frequently, avoid chew treats that are unsuitable for it, and schedule professional cleanings when warranted. Don’t forget to routinely inspect your dog’s mouth too to make sure there isn’t any overcrowding of teeth or diseased teeth that might have to be removed. Lastly, note any observations of changes from gums or teeth like swelling, release, or growths, and make sure you point these out to your vet during a visit.

Routine cat and dog dental care is an integral part of dogs’ and cats’ oral and general health. However, many pets do not receive the care they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

At Park Pet Hospital we are proud to offer comprehensive dental care providers for your furry friend ranging from regular dental checkups, tooth polishing, and cleanings, to dental operations and x-rays. Learn more from the animal surgeons Lethbridge.

We firmly believe in educating pet owners about the significance of at-home dental hygiene for their four-legged family members.

Our veterinarians in Park Pet Hospital provide expert preventative and restorative dental health care ranging from dog and cat dental checkups to oral hygiene. Visit them here for more information.