Nothing wakes you up faster in the morning than having your dog snoring right in your face. Normally, you never think much about their bad breath as you get out of bed and take them out for their morning walk. You just assume the smell comes from their dog food and pet snacks. Yet your pet's bad breath can be an indication of serious gum disease.
Issues with Gum Disease in Pets
Just like humans, pets can get gum disease, which is called periodontal disease. When your pet has periodontal disease, they may experience reddened gums, dental decay, tooth loss and organ damage. Preventing gum disease requires keeping your pet’s teeth clean and arranging a veterinary dental appointment to inspect your pet's teeth for oral issues periodically.
Promoting Good Dental Pet Care
The top thing you can do for your pet to promote good oral care is to brush their teeth. Go into the task with a good attitude, and don't force the issue. It will take several times to get your pet used to the brushing motion and having you touch their mouths. Use a pet toothpaste that has flavors that your pet will enjoy, and brush each side of the mouth for 30 seconds. Brush your pet’s teeth at least once per day to stop plaque buildup.
Your veterinarian may recommend certain dental treats in addition to the teeth brushing to keep their teeth clean. There are a wide range of brands and flavors available, as your vet will offer certain recommendations. You should look for dental treats that have Veterinary Oral Health Council seal on them.
Protecting Your Pet's Teeth
Another way to promote good oral health for your pet's teeth is to make sure they are eating the right foods for their diet that won't injure their mouths. Certain dog chews such as raw bones, marrow bones and antlers can fracture teeth. You should also avoid having your dog chew on tennis balls that can wear out their teeth. So after you are tossing the ball for your dog at the park, make sure to take the ball away so they don't try to chew it to pieces.
Once your pet has great, healthy teeth, the smell of their breath should improve. You will also avoid costly dental procedures to repair broken teeth and deal with periodontal disease. You will love snuggling with your pet again in bed.