How to Help a Dog With Dental Problems.
Dental problems for a dog can be quite painful. Dogs can suffer from the same issue as humans, these issues include things like gingivitis (inflamed gums), stomatitis (inflamed mucous membrane), and periodontal disease (teeth covered in tartar). The pain from some of these issues can be so great that the dog may refuse to eat food.
This seems to be only a problem for domesticated dogs as wild dogs tend not to have dental issues. Dental diseases in dogs are a result of living with humans far away from their natural environment and natural diet. The great news is that it’s easy to both prevent and cure dental diseases in dogs.
One of the most important diseases to prevent in your dog is gingivitis, which is a result of poor hygiene. You need to brush your dogs teeth and provide them with a healthier food option, one that’s closer to what they would be eating in the wild. Do some research on healthy food options for your dogs and check out a few videos on how to properly brush your dogs teeth.
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Giving your dog improper food and disregarding brushing could cause a hard substance known as tartar or calculus will build up on the dogs teeth. This can be first noticed around the gums when you see discoloration. This can encourage soft and spongey gums that can often result in gingivitis with bleeding and receding. When gingivitis occurs the dog is more open to infections, and when infections occur they can spread throughout the dogs body.
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When you let gingivitis go untreated it can develop into periodontal disease, which means their teeth can become loose and fall out and that’s a huge issue for dogs.
Treatment from a veterinarian can vary depending on the extent of the disease. Antibiotics are usually given to help as a first line of defense for treatment of infection and inflammation. When this treatment doesn’t help they use cortisone to help with the symptoms. The last course of action is to pull the dogs teeth.
If your dog has tartar build up on the teeth you may be able to remove it yourself, provided that the build up is reasonable and the dog is calm.
It would be wise to change your dogs diet to something a bit healthier with more natural ingredients to help cure and prevent dental problems. You also need to practice good hygiene procedures like regular brushing and checkups at the vets office. Do a little research on the internet and find out the best type of food to feed your dog and any other issues you might come across.