Think about your dog’s teeth during Easter candy times
Happy Easter to you all! Now during Easter candy times there’re certainly many who are extra reminded of how important it is to brush your teeth. But it is also important to give your dogs’ teeth a thought not only around Easter! It is not dangerous to give your dog some Easter candy, just make sure it doesn’t contain any chocolate! Dogs can’t eat chocolate and can get very sick from it. Of course it is not good for the dog to eat candy, so moderation is the key here, same as for us humans. But when it comes to dental hygiene, there are many people who are not thinking of their dogs.
Most people brush their teeth twice a day. It is actually great to also brush your dog’s teeth. There are specially designed toothbrushes available at well-equipped pet accessories shops or veterinarians. There is even toothpaste that suits your dog’s needs. How often you should brush depends on your dog’s teeth. Just as in humans the amounts of eg. tartar affects dogs differently. A good rule is to brush once a week. But daily is of course the best, because then the dog gets used to it and it could become a nice time together with your dog. If you do it less often the dog could feel a bit surprised and may not like it. In additions to that, you as a dog owner get better to brush your dog’s teeth in a way it likes. The best way is to introduce teeth brushed when the dog is younger. To brush away already exciting tartar is near impossible, so its’ better to try to keep the already quite clean teeth as is. If your dog has tartar, it is better to first go to a veterinarian to get the teeth cleaned and then start with continuous brushing.
Problems with your dog’s teeth and oral cavity
A big benefit with brushing your dog’s teeth regularly is, except that it gets less tartar, is that you get the opportunity to inspect the teeth and oral cavity and then detect if something is wrong, in time. Tartar often leads to gum inflammation and can lead to tooth loss. Also, it smells bad from food leftovers that’re still left in the mouth. A relatively common problem is also that the dogs get abscesses in the tooth roots, mainly in the cheek teeth in the upper jaw. This is very painful and can lead to reduced appetite and that the dog no longer wants to chew on bones or playing with toys.
In a so called root top abscess, the tooth needs to be surgically removed by a veterinarian. Of course dogs, just like humans, can get cavities (holes in the teeth). It is very difficult to detect holes in the teeth of your dog and is therefore up to the veterinarian to do a judgment if treatment is needed.
Sores on the tongue can also be the reason to why other organs in the body doesn’t work properly, or if the dog suffers from a localised infection. Tumors could also be common in the oral cavity. Many of dogs most serious tumors can occur in the mouth. These include malignant melanoma, as when exciting in the mouth, can spread very quickly to other organs and lead to the dog’s death. That’s why it could be a good reason to peek in to your dog’s mouth every now and then! If you find a wound that looks strange, a lump or that it smells bad, do not hesitate to contact the veterinarian. Many times, what you discovered can be handled quickly and it could be something passing, but sometimes it’s important to do a in-depth investigation to ensure that everything’s well. To detect serious diseases early, makes it easier to save your dog’s life.
So be sure to enjoy good food and candy during Easter with your family, friends and pets! But after all the revelry, take a look in your dog’s mouth and why not brush its teeth!
Happy Easter! 🐣🍬🐥
Henrik Rönnberg, Authorized Veterinarian