Pet Dental Health

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June 2019

 

We wanted to find out more on pet dental care, so we contacted Michael Bosilevac, DVM, with Best Care Pet Hospital in Omaha. We found that dentists and veterinarians share some things in common. For instance, plaque, tarter, periodontal and dental cleanings are all interchangeable terms between the two medical disciplines. 

Poor Fido, he doesn’t even smoke or eat garlic and his breath can still be foul. Dr. Bosilevac reports bacterial plaque is probably the source. Here are some tips to keep your pets’ teeth healthy and smelling sweeter. 

Tip #1: Remove plaque daily. This can be achieved with various items including “Greenies” chews, doggie toothpaste and toothbrushes or chew toys. As with humans, this is not enough to keep teeth and gums healthy (see Tip #2)

Tip #2: Schedule annual or semi-annual professional dental cleanings performed at your veterinarian’s office. This removes barnacles of tarter that reside above and below the gum line, which can lead to periodontal disease and infection. Untreated periodontal issues can lead to problems or failure to the liver, heart and kidneys.

Tip #3:  Keep foods containing Xylitol and all dangerous foods out of dog’s reach. Be aware of the fatal dangers of some foods and ingredients to dogs – in particular, the natural sweetener Xylitol. Used to sweeten gum, candy, toothpaste, mouth rinses and foods, xylitol can be deadly to dogs. Even in small amounts, it can cause a drop in blood sugar and liver failure. 

Other foods that pose risks to dogs include avocados, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, grapes and raisins. 

Also remember to keep your dentures, retainers and any type of oral trays out of the reach of pets. Your scent on the devices is attractive to them. 

For a more in-depth list visit: http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/ss/slideshow-foods-your-dog-should-never-eat and/or

https://www.dogdesires.co.uk/foods-your-dog-cant-eat/

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