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Caring For Your Dog’s Teeth with Dog Dental Care Hereford

Make brushing your dog's teeth a daily habit! It's the best defence against dental problems. Use a special dog toothbrush and toothpaste designed for canine mouths (human toothpaste is not appropriate as it contains ingredients that can upset your dog's stomach). Look no further than Leadon Vale for dog dental care Hereford, we use preventative methods of care as this is not only kinder to all pets but cost-effective for you too as treatments may not be required with good oral hygiene.

Dental chews and diet can also help. Choose chews appropriate for your dog's size to avoid choking hazards. Remember, many chews are calorie-rich, so adjust your dog's regular food intake to prevent weight gain or ask your vet for recommended chews. Avoid giving your dog hard chews or bones as these can damage or break their teeth.

 

dog dental care advice

Why is Dog Dental Care Important?

Dental disease is one of the most common health problems affecting dogs. Tartar build-up, gingivitis (inflamed gums), and tooth decay can all cause your dog pain and discomfort. Left untreated, dental problems can lead to serious health issues, like dental disease. Dog Dental Care Hereford aims to prevent oral health complications and use techniques and practices that promote healthy gums and teeth for all pets. 

Signs of Poor Dog Dental Care

  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Visible tartar build-up on teeth
  • Red or inflamed gums (gingivitis)
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Loose teeth

Signs of Severe Dental Disease in Dogs

  • Drooling
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Slowness or reluctance to eat
  • Chewing on one side of the mouth
  • Dropping food from the mouth when eating
  • Swelling around the mouth (from potential tooth root abscesses)

Preventative Care is Key

Brushing your dog's teeth daily is the best way to prevent dental problems. We understand this isn't always easy, so we can offer advice on alternative methods like dental chews and toys. Regular dental checkups are also crucial for early detection and treatment of any issues. Speak to our vets today and receive advice and tips for use at home that will improve your dog's dental care, Hereford.

Dental Disease Treatment in Dogs

Schedule a visit with your veterinarian who can properly assess your dog’s dental situation. Dental examinations often require sedation or general anaesthesia for a thorough look, and X-rays might be needed to uncover any hidden problems. Treatment options vary depending on the severity. For mild cases, scaling and polishing can remove built-up tartar. However, advanced cases with loose or fractured teeth may necessitate extraction. After any surgery, your vet will likely prescribe antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication to aid healing. Remember, dog dental care Hereford is an ongoing commitment. Consistent home care routines along with regular checkups are key to preventing future dental issues.

Book an Appointment with Leadon Vale Vets

If you're concerned about your dog's dental health, don't hesitate to contact Leadon Vale for Dog dental care Hereford. We're here to help you keep your furry friend smiling brightly for years to come.

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Leadon Vale Veterinary Centre Ltd