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4 ways to great doggy dental hygiene

Healthy teeth are as important to dogs as they are to humans. Dogs need their teeth so that they can eat and chew properly, but 3 out of 4 dogs over the age of 3 years have some degree of periodontal disease. Left untreated, this can lead to heart, liver and kidney problems.

Here are 4 important ways you can look after your dog’s teeth.

  • Tooth brushing – just like us, dogs need their teeth brushed at least 3 times a week. Start with a gentle wipe with a cloth and when they are used to this, move onto a dog toothbrush dipped in warm water. Once they are used to the brush, add a specialist canine toothpaste.
  • Dry dog food – this allows the dog to chew and scrub off the bacterial plaque, while also stimulating the gums. They can also enjoy a regular dog chew which can help to clean their teeth.
  • Raw bones - treating your dog to a raw bone will minimise the risk of dental disease and keep your pet busy as well.
  • Regular dental checks – visit your local vet for a regular check-up and professional clean, if necessary.

Signs of dental problems include:

  • Consistently bad doggy breath
  • Difficulty eating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bleeding and/or red gums
  • Yellow-brown tartar build-up on the teeth
  • Drooling

Vet Services

We haven’t located a recommended Little Aussie vet for your local community yet. So to help you in the meantime, here are a few vets near your home that you can choose from. Give them a try and let us know what you think.

Melville Animal Hospital

Cnr Rome & Kitchener Roads
9317 4177
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