Animal Health
November 12, 2004
Canine oral care, its importance

Oral care of our canine friends is one aspect of their health that has received little importance here in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Dogs (puppies and adults) develop dental problems just as we do. Gingivitis and bad breath are commonly detected in dogs that have received little or no oral care. {{more}}

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends that each dog receives a general oral check-up once per year. This includes cleaning and removal of tartar.

When tartar builds up on your dog’s teeth, this results in damage to the teeth and gums. If left untreated the animal develops gingivitis and an infection called periodontal disease. This disease can cause loss of teeth.

A dog (puppy or adult) suffering from gingivitis or periodontal disease normally manifests a lost of appetite and body condition. Such an animal further develops septicemic complication and even death if left untreated.

Oral care of our canine friends is as important as any other aspect of their general health.

There are several items that may be used at home so as to help maintain good oral health of your dog. Some of these items are dental bones, oral strips, toothpaste and toothbrush.

Next week’s article will deal with how to brush your dog’s teeth.