Features July 2008 Issue

Dental Care for Your Dog

Keeping an eye on your dogfs teeth, and even daily brushing, constitute just part of responsible dental care. Regular examinations by a qualified veterinary dental professional, complete with radiographs, are necessary for definitive diagnoses.

Dental Care for Your Dog

What do you know about your dogfs teeth? Probably not enough!

Between runs at a recent agility competition, I was chatting with Katie and Nora, a couple of handlers I often see at trials. Coincidentally, all three of our dogs had received an annual health examination from our respective general practice veterinarians recently, with all dogs earning good reports. And all three of us had been told by our veterinarians that our dogs had broken or chipped teeth. My veterinarian had noted a ”slab fracture of the upper fourth premolar” on the health summary report for my 10-year-old Border Terrier, Dash. The recommendation we were all given: ”Keep an eye on the teeth.” Katie said she had observed a red ”pimple” or swollen spot on her dog’s gum right over her dog’s broken tooth just that morning. She had decided that the waiting and watching were over and she was going to bring her dog to a canine dentist.

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