Why Dental Health Is So Important For Dogs?
Dental health is often overlooked in dogs. Owners expect their dogs to have bad breath and don’t think twice about those smelly kisses. But that awful doggy breath may be the sign of underlining dental issues that could lead to serious problems for your dog. Here are just a few of the reasons why dental health is so important for dogs:
- Just like humans, dogs can get plaque buildup. This turns into tartar, which soon grows bacteria. The bacteria make a meal of the dog’s teeth and gums, causing damage. Just a few problems caused by bacteria include tooth loss, bad breath, periodontal disease and oral pain. And this bacterium doesn’t just say in your dog’s mouth – it travels down to other parts of the body. The heart and kidneys are just a few of the organs that can be affected by the bacteria caused by dental disease, so take it seriously!
- Dogs are always licking stuff off the ground. Good or bad, if it smells interesting, it’s going into their mouth. If it’s something nasty and your dog suffers from infections or disease in his gums or teeth, that gross stuff is going to get absorbed into that area. That’s not only going to make the matter worse, but also has the potential to make your dog even sicker.
- Dogs lose their baby teeth (again, just like we do). If you’re not taking care of their dental health, this may make the process of losing these teeth quite painful. Start taking care of your dog’s teeth while he’s still a puppy and ensure a health smile throughout every stage of his life.
- Professional care is expensive. Let’s say you let nature take its course and don’t do anything about your dog’s dental health. If a health concern arises because of it, it’s going to cost you to take care of. That could mean a professional cleaning, tooth extraction or medications. It could also include anesthesia and antibiotics.
- Dog kisses are always sweeter with fresh breath! You’ll be more receptive to getting a face cleaning from your pooch if his breath doesn’t smell like he just ate road kill.
There are many reasons why dental health is so important for dogs, but the main one is the overall health and happiness of your pup.
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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