Brushing our teeth and having regular dental and hygienist visits is commonplace for us...but what about our dogs?
“One of the most common problems veterinarians see in pets is dental disease, and, unfortunately, these issues can get serious if untreated," states Dr. Clark K. Fobian, immediate past president of the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA). "I remind pet owners that an untreated dental infection can spread to the heart, kidneys and other organs, and suddenly become life threatening. Practicing good dental hygiene at home, in addition to regular dental cleanings by your veterinarian, is the most efficient and cost-effective way to keep your pets healthy, comfortable and pain-free.”
- Do you brush your pet's teeth? (There are a variety of "brushes" from traditional to a finger-style brush, a sponge, and wipes).
- Do you perform periodic mouth inspections to be sure there are no broken teeth; sores, abrasions, or growths on the gums/tongue; or foul odor from the mouth?
- Do you give your dog dental treats or dental specific items/toys to chew on?
- Do you have your veterinarian give your pet a dental check-up during visits?
Many folks ask what do I give my Huskies? Once upon a time,
|Harley getting teeth brushed.|
My FiveSibes chew on part kibble in their meals (and part homemade), they also get crunchy healthy dog snacks that either I make or purchase (House Woof Dog Biscuits and Sassy's Goodies are all healthy, homemade crunchy treats great for you dog's teeth).
My FiveSibes get frequent dental checks from me and annual checks from our vet.
My FiveSibes periodically get their teeth brushed by either a canine toothbrush or a finger brush (pictured left). While there are many different flavors of doggie toothpaste now (chicken, peanut butter, mint, etc.), they all prefer anything minty!anything minty! I purchased these items from our local PetSmart!
My FiveSibes have dental chew toys that safely help stimulate their gums - all while they are playing!
If your dog has developed chronic bad breath, please see your vet as it could be a sign of a periodontal issue, or another underlying health concern. And if your dog's teeth are problematic, discuss with your vet if a professional cleaning can be an option for your dog. Our Wolf had a professional cleaning done while he was already under for another surgery.
To listen in to a podcast by Dr. Jan Bellows, president of the American Veterinary Dental College and owner of All Pets Dental in Weston, Florida on AVMA's "Animal Tracks" discussing the importance of dental health, tune in HERE.
Here's a great video by AVMA on a dental hygiene routine by Dr. Sheldon Rubin:
For more information on healthy smiles for your pet, visit the AVMA website.
Click HERE to check out the very informative AVMA Pet Dental Health brochure available in English and Spanish.
If you are a veterinarian or vet tech and would like to print brochure copies or the Pet Dental Health flyer for your office, please visit
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