Dogs and Dental Problems. Dental problems effect all types of animals, so your dog might have them too. Dogs can suffer from the same issue as humans, 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 his normal food. The type of issue seen in our pets isn’t a problem for wild dogs. Dental diseases in dogs are a result of living with humans out of their natural environment and natural diet. The good 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 by both you and your dog. You should be brushing your dogs teeth and provide them with a healthier food option, one that’s closer to what they would be eating in the wild. It would be wise to 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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When you give your dog improper food and disregard brushing a hard substance known as tartar or calculus could possibly build up on the dogs teeth. You’ll first notice a discoloration around the gums when this happens. This can encourage soft and spongey gums that can often result in bleeding and receding and finally, gingivitis. 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. They usually give antibiotics as a first line of defense for treatment of inflammation and infection. When this treatment doesn’t help they use cortisone to help with the symptoms, but this just masks the problem. 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.