February isn’t just for lovers you know…it’s also a very important month for your dog too! It just so happens that February is Pet Dental Health Month. You should of course check with your vet about the dental well-being of your pets – and here’s a handy source of information from the American Veterinary Medicine Foundation – https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/February-is-National-Pet-Dental-Health-Month.aspx.
But with help from our wonderful groomer Joey, we wanted to remind you that the health of your dog’s teeth is every bit as important as your own – and for many of the same reasons. To make sure you get nothing but SWEET doggy smooches this month, throughout February our groomers are offering a complimentary teeth cleaning with any mini-makeover or full groom!
Just like our own, your dog’s teeth will build up plaque and tartar which can lead to gum disease, gingivitis and periodontal disease, along with other issues such as bacterial infections of the gum.
It is important to note, that if you feed your dog only soft or canned food this does not give their teeth or gums any exercise or stimulation whatsoever, and is the leading cause of both tooth loss and gum disease.
When Fido chews hard food it actually strengthens the gums and slowly helps to scrape a little of the tartar build up off the teeth. Certain bones and treats are made to accomplish the same thing. Consider this when choosing food or tasty treats. Keep in mind that these small suggestions will HELP but will not fix or control the problem.
Here at K-9 Coach, I offer two services designed to help maintain your furry friends dental health…
- Tooth brushing with enzymatic toothpaste and breath freshener.
- “Mini Dental” which is actually a tooth scaling or scraping. This is where I go in with a special tool and scrape the teeth to remove the build up of tartar and whatever other debris may have built up. No sedation is necessary, but bear in mind that the mini-dental can only be performed on cooperative dogs. Some are very patient…some are not!
You might be able to avoid the dangers of anesthesia and the expense of sedation, IV’s and medication if you utilize either or both the above services on a regular basis.
Feel free to ask to speak with me or call with any questions!
- Use a soft toothbrush. A child’s toothbrush for small dogs is ideal; an adult size should be used for larger dogs.
- It is extremely important to brush your dog’s teeth with enzymatic toothpaste – I recommend twice a week at the least.
- Make sure to mix in hard biscuit type treats, kibble and even bones. Antlers are a GREAT thing for your pups to chew on.
- Look out for danger signs. Tooth discoloration, bleeding gums, loose teeth or bad breath are all signs that your dog may need some professional help and it’s time to see your vet.
- Severe or long-term problems may not be treatable without veterinary care.