We love when our dogs give us kisses and we always joke about their stinky doggie breath. However, dog owners should take notice when their canine's breath is especially stinky as it could be a sign of a bigger problem such as poor dental health.
Dental disease is the most common health problem affecting pets. According to Banfield Pet Hospital’s State of Pet Health Report, more than 90 percent of dogs over the age of 3 suffer from dental disease.
While dental disease is not completely curable, good at-home and vet care can help prevent it!
Signs, Symptoms and Prevention
If you notice that your pet has any of these symptoms, call your veterinarian:
- Bad breath
- Yellow, brown, loose or missing teeth
- Red or swollen gums
- Discoloration or tartar on the teeth
- Difficulty chewing or decreased appetite
And in order to check for these symptoms, everyday you should be doing the Flip, Check, Treat.
Start by flipping their lip gently and looking at the teeth. Check the gums and teeth for discoloration, chipped teeth, inflamed or red gums. If Fido will let you, you can use a dry pet toothbrush!
Reward them for allowing you to check them, so that way they will look forward to it everyday.
"Give them a treat like Greenies, which is a textured dental treat designed and proven to remove plaque and act like a toothbrush."
To learn more, talk with your vet about at-home care and what to look for in your pet.