Dental Care For Your Dog—Sink Your Teeth Into It by Andrea Waggener

Dental care for your dog can get lost in the shuffle of daily life. Even if you really love your dog and give your dog great dog care, its easy to slip up on dental care for your dog.

When was the last time you checked your dogs teeth?

I knowthe inside of the mouth isnt the cutest part of your dog. But it can tell you a lot about your dogs health.

Contrary to what non-dog people may think, not all dogs have bad breath. doggy breath, in fact, can be a sign of disease.

To look for signs of disease, check the color of your dogs teeth. White is really good. Brown is really bad. Youre aiming for at least somewhere in between.

Check for broken teeth, pus or bleeding gums, and look for any unusual growths. If you see anything. looks unhealthy, please take your dog to the vet.

If youre in a metropolitan area, you may be able to find a vet who specializes in dental care. Check the American Veterinary Dental Colleges site to see a list of their graduates.

You can find dog dental care products at nearly any pet store. The easiest way to keep your dogs teeth healthy is with dental chews. The more your dog chews, on something meant for chewing (not on something like your furniture), the better dog dental health your dog will have.

Theres been some debate about the safety of the well-known chews, Greenies. Ive never given my dog Greenies, but some dog parents say theyre great. Be aware, though, that according to a CNN investigation, since 2003, 40 dogs have had to have pieces of Greenies surgically removed, and 13 of those dogs died. Of course, thats a small number given that over 750 million Greenies have been sold since 1998.

Better than chews are rinses or pastes that you put on your dogs teeth and gums. Even better than that is brushing your dogs teeth. You can find tooth brushes especially for dog dental care at any pet supply store.

If you take just a little time to get the right supplies and just a bit of time to use them, youll be doing your dog AND you a big favor. Your dog will be healthier (and have fewer expensive problems) when you get dental care for your dog.