Owned by Pugs

Grin & Bare It - Good Dental Care for your Pug

By OwnedByPugs.com

January 31st, 2007

February is Pet Dental Health Month and we wanted to share with you the importance of good dental care for your pet. Does your furry friend have doggy breath? That odor isn’t a laughing matter. It is not uncommon for puppy halitosis to be the symptom of some other, more serious malady.

Without regular teeth brushing and preventative dental maintenance, your dog could develop any or all of the following:

  • Infected gums & teeth
  • Kidney trouble
  • Intestinal difficulties
  • Heart problems

What’s the best way to avoid these unnecessary medical evils?

  • Begin brushing your pet’s teeth regularly and at the earliest age possible knowing it is never too late to start this good habit
  • Pugs require special attention to their teeth since they have almost no snouts, which often causes dental crowding and puts pugs at a higher risk for plaque and tartar buildup
  • Brush with a doggy tooth brush or for small dogs, finger brushes are available
  • Always use toothpaste made especially for dogs; never use human toothpaste
  • Carefully choose treats and bones marketed to clean your pug's teeth while they chew
  • Use special additives to your dog’s water that aide in dental hygiene
  • Have your pooch checked regularly at your veterinarian’s office
  • Schedule a dental cleaning at least every 3-5 years depending on your dog’s dental needs

Know that a formal dental cleaning done at the vet’s office is an operative procedure and should include pre-op blood work. Keep in mind the age of your pet and if he/she would be considered a high risk patient when going under anesthesia. Always follow the recommendations of your doctor. They may even suggest having Fido take antibiotics prior to the procedure.

Maintaining your dog’s dental well being can avoid serious health problems in your dog’s future. Just imagine if you never brushed your teeth or saw the dentist. Not only would your friends fade fast, but so would your physical condition! It’s your job to help man’s best friend stay well. Brush on!