Keep Your Dog Smiling With Preventative Dog Dental Care

Written by Teresa James,

What should pet owners know about dog dental care and periodontal disease?

An important aspect ofrepparttar good dog dental care is proper dental hygiene. One ofrepparttar 125816 most common ailments treated by veterinarians is periodontal or gum disease. Gum disease is progressive. It starts out withrepparttar 125817 formation of plaque, a sticky bacterial film that forms inrepparttar 125818 mouth atrepparttar 125819 gum line. If not removed plaque will harden into tartar above and belowrepparttar 125820 gum line. This build up causesrepparttar 125821 gums to become red and swollen, a condition known as gingivitis.

If gingivitis is left untreated it can lead to advanced gum disease. Red swollen gums will begin to recede asrepparttar 125822 infection travels down intorepparttar 125823 root ofrepparttar 125824 tooth andrepparttar 125825 jawbone. Oncerepparttar 125826 gums have recededrepparttar 125827 damage is irreversible andrepparttar 125828 gums will not grow back. This is known as periodontal disease and results in loss of bone and loss of teeth. At this advanced stagerepparttar 125829 bacteria fromrepparttar 125830 oral infection may now enterrepparttar 125831 bloodstream. This can lead to more serious problems such as heart, liver and kidney disease. These conditions if left untreated can eventually become life threatening. These problems can also be prevented by implementing a good dog dental care routine.

Why should I routinely inspect my dog's mouth?

By two or three years of age many pets start to show signs of oral disease. By implementing a home dog dental care routine you can assure that your dog’s mouth stays healthy, clean and pain free. Start by routinely inspecting your dog’s mouth. A healthy mouth will not smell offensive. The teeth will be clean and will not have any yellow or brown spots. The gums will be a healthy pink color and will hugrepparttar 125832 teeth.

What arerepparttar 125833 signs of gum disease in dogs?

Persistent bad breath, brownish deposits aroundrepparttar 125834 gum line, especially on back teeth, red swollen gums, loose teeth, painful and or bleeding gums are all indicators of oral disease. Although bad breath or “doggy breath” isrepparttar 125835 most obvious sign of a problem, many pet owners fail to recognize it as an indicator of dental problems until it’s too late. As part of a good dog dental care routine check your dog’s mouth atrepparttar 125836 slightest sign of a persistent offensive odor. Other indications can be decreased appetite and weight loss, a change in chewing habits, lethargy, and pawing ofrepparttar 125837 mouth orrepparttar 125838 face.

What should I do if my dog's mouth shows signs of gum disease?

Dog dental care starts by checking your dog’s mouth regularly. If you see any of these signs call your vet to schedule a dental exam. Your dog may just need a routine cleaning. The cleaning process is performed under general anesthesia. Ifrepparttar 125839 condition is minor, it’s not much different than a dental cleaning that you or I would have done. Your dog’s teeth will be scaled to remove tartar above and belowrepparttar 125840 gum line and then they will be polished. Since your dog can’t rinse and spitrepparttar 125841 mouth area will be flushed to clear it of any loosened debris.

Ifrepparttar 125842 condition is more serious your vet may need to administer an antibiotic to clear up any gum infection before cleaning your dog’s teeth. Blood work will usually be taken so that your vet can determine ifrepparttar 125843 infection has spread intorepparttar 125844 bloodstream. Ifrepparttar 125845 disease is inrepparttar 125846 advanced stages your vet may also need to extract some teeth. Whateverrepparttar 125847 outcome, your dog is sure to feel a lot better after receiving some much needed dog dental care. Remember to regularly inspect your pet's mouth, schedule periodic dental check ups, and perform routine home dental care.

How important is home dog dental care?

Regular cleanings by your vet followed up by a home dental care program can help keep your dog’s mouth healthy and disease free. Even if your dog’s teeth are currently in good condition a preventative home dental care routine is essential to your dog’s health. If not regularly removed, plaque and tartar build up can progress very quickly into full blown periodontal disease.

If you’re new to dog dental care ask your vet to show you how to brush your dog’s teeth. Also find out if there is anything else that your vet would recommend adding to your dog’s preventative home dental care routine. One recommendation is to entice your dog to chew. Daily chewing exercises will help remove food debris and prevent tartar build up. They're also great for relieving boredom and separation anxiety. So put your pet to work. Give your dog plenty of fun and yummy real bones, dental dog chew toys, and edible dog chews as part of your home dog dental care routine.

Do I need to brush my dog's teeth?

The most direct method of preventative dog dental care is brushing your dog’s teeth regularly. Vets usually recommend that you brush your dog’s teeth at least two times a week. If your dog is prone to dental disease you may need to do this more often.

What should I use to brush my dog's teeth?

If you have a young puppy introducing a tooth brushing routine will probably be much easier then if you have an adult dog. In either case start slow, keeprepparttar 125848 sessions short, and be very gentle while working in your dog’s mouth. Use lots of praise and reassurance to reinforce good behavior. You will not want to give your dog treats during this task for obvious reasons.

Since a dog will swallow whatever you use never brush your dog’s teeth with “people” toothpaste. This toothpaste is not formulated to be ingested and can upset your dog’s stomach. It’s also designed to foam which is not desirable when brushing a dog’s teeth. So use a pet toothpaste formulated for dog dental care that does not require rinsing.

You will also need a pet toothbrush. There's a great triple sided pet toothbrush that will getrepparttar 125849 job done faster than a traditional style toothbrush. Or if you have a small dog you may want to try a pet finger toothbrush. Finger toothbrushes slip right onto your finger and are easily controlled to reachrepparttar 125850 common trouble spots up nearrepparttar 125851 gum line. Add some specially formulated tartar removing toothpaste and you’re all set. Dog toothpaste is even available in all-natural formulas and yummy flavors like chicken and vanilla.

Get Answers To Important Questions About Dog Nail Trimming

Written by Teresa James,

Trimming your dog’s nails is not usually considered sharing “quality time” with your beloved pet. But when done often enough, withrepparttar proper technique, and rewards for your dog’s good behavior, it should be one of those regular grooming events that your dog will tolerate if not look forward to.

If not done often enough, with proper technique, and reward- training, it can be frightening and even painful for your dog. In this article are answers to many common dog nail clipping questions as well as tips on proper equipment and technique that will give yourepparttar 125815 advantage when you approach this simple home dog-grooming necessity.

Is dog nail trimming painful to my dog?

Dog nail trimming is not painful if you use a sharp nail trimmer and don’t cliprepparttar 125816 nails too short. A dull trimmer can put a lot of pressure on your dog's toenail before it actually cuts throughrepparttar 125817 nail. If this happens your dog may feel an uncomfortable pinching sensation. This is becauserepparttar 125818 vein inrepparttar 125819 toenail is being squeezed. To avoid this always make sure that you're using a sharp pet nail trimmer.

What tools do I need to trim my dog’s nails?

You will want to have a sharp clipper designed for dog nail trimming. Dogs come in all sizes so choose a nail trimmer that’s right forrepparttar 125820 size of your pet’s nails. The most common types of nail trimmers arerepparttar 125821 guillotine, pliers and scissor styles.

Guillotine style dog nail trimmers require thatrepparttar 125822 dog’s nail be inserted through a hole inrepparttar 125823 top ofrepparttar 125824 trimmer. Asrepparttar 125825 handles are squeezed togetherrepparttar 125826 blade comes down and cuts throughrepparttar 125827 nail. Many people find guillotine style clippers more difficult to use on large breed dogs. Thicker nails can be more difficult to insert intorepparttar 125828 guide hole inrepparttar 125829 clipper. These dog nail trimmers have a cutting blade that must be changed frequently to maintain a nice clean cut.

Pliers style dog nail trimmers work similar to pruning shears. The two notched blades surround and cut throughrepparttar 125830 nail asrepparttar 125831 handles are squeezed together. Some people like this style because they can see exactly whererepparttar 125832 blade will cut throughrepparttar 125833 nail. If you have a large dog this type of trimmer works great on thick nails.

Just make sure to select a heavy-duty clipper designed to cut throughrepparttar 125834 thick toenails of your large breed dog. Pliers style trimmers are available for small, medium and large dogs. These dog nail trimmers don’t have blades that need to be replaced but they do need to be sharpened when they become dull.

Scissor style dog nail trimmers work just like a pair of scissors. The two scissor-like notched blades surround and cut throughrepparttar 125835 nail asrepparttar 125836 handles are closed. These clippers are for light duty jobs only. These are not actually dog nail trimmers. They are best used for cats, birds and other small animals. Some people do use them on small dogs. They’re usually labeled as cat/bird claw clippers.

The style you choose for your dog nail trimming needs is a matter of personal preference. Ifrepparttar 125837 clipper isrepparttar 125838 correct size it will getrepparttar 125839 job done. Just remember to keep your nail trimmer sharp so that it makes a fast clean cut. A dull clipper can pinchrepparttar 125840 nail, which will result in discomfort to your dog.

In addition to good quality nail trimmers, it is also recommended to have a pet nail file. You’ll find that it is much easier to file down any rough edges with a nail file that has been designed forrepparttar 125841 shape of your dog’s nails.

Next onrepparttar 125842 list is styptic powder. It’s always a good idea to have it on hand for those occasional mishaps. A nail clipped just a little too short tends to bleed a lot. Applying some styptic powder will help stoprepparttar 125843 bleeding.

Finally, keep plenty of dog treats on hand to reward good behavior. You can also use dog treats to distract your pet during dog nail trimming. Treats work great to draw a dog's attention away from a bleeding nail.

Why do my dog’s nails need to be trimmed regularly?

When a dog’s nails become too long they interfere withrepparttar 125844 dog’s gait and asrepparttar 125845 nails continue to grow, walking will become awkward and painful. Untrimmed nails can also split resulting in a great deal of pain, bleeding, and a trip torepparttar 125846 veterinarian’s office. In severe cases a dog’s nails can curl under and grow intorepparttar 125847 pad ofrepparttar 125848 dog’s paw causing a very serious and painful infection. These types of ingrown nail problems are most common onrepparttar 125849 dewclaws.

The dewclaws arerepparttar 125850 nails located onrepparttar 125851 inside ofrepparttar 125852 paw. Many breeders haverepparttar 125853 dewclaws removed shortly after puppies are born, so not all dogs will have dewclaws. If your dog has them remember to include them in your dog nail trimming routine. These nails don’t touchrepparttar 125854 ground, so they don’t wear down as fast asrepparttar 125855 others as your dog walks on rough surfaces. Trimming your dog’s nails regularly will easily prevent these problems.

How do I know when my dog’s nails need to be trimmed?

When your dog’s nails are beginning to curve is one indication that your dog’s nails need a trim. And if you hear a clicking or tapping sound as your dog walks across a bare floor it’s definitely time for a nail trimming. But it is best not to wait that long – once or twice a month is usually a good rule of thumb for dog nail trimming.

If you let your dog’s nails grow too long then it could take some time to get them back to a healthy length again. Regularly trimmingrepparttar 125856 tips of your dog’s nails isrepparttar 125857 best approach. Some dogs walk and run on rough surfaces and are able to wear down their nails, but most dogs will need some help. You will get to know how fast your dog’s nails grow if you routinely inspect your pet’s nails.

Even if you don’t actually trim them each time, regular inspection will help assure that your dog’s feet stay healthy. So, make nail inspection and trimming an important part of your dog’s routine grooming.

When should I start trimming my dog’s nails?

If you’re starting with a puppyrepparttar 125858 answer is as soon as you bring your new puppy home. If you have an adult or an older dogrepparttar 125859 answer is pretty muchrepparttar 125860 same – right now. If you start early it probably will not take too long for your puppy to adjust to a nail trimming routine. Make a habit of handling your puppy’s feet everyday. Nail trimming will be much easier if your puppy doesn’t mind having his feet handled.

Adult dogs, just like people, are usually set in their ways. So if your adult dog initially resists getting his nails trimmed you will most likely need to spend a lot more time getting him used torepparttar 125861 procedure. As with a puppy, it’s a good idea to start getting your dog used to having his feet handled before you attempt to clip your dog’s nails. Be very patient and don’t rush intorepparttar 125862 procedure.

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