Doggy Dental Care Tips

Does your dog have bad breath? While Fido may never be known for having minty-fresh breath, your pup’s affectionate doggy kisses shouldn’t knock you out, either. In fact, bad breath is a common sign of dental issues in dogs. Just like people, dogs can develop a variety of dental problems, including gum disease, infections, abscesses, misalignments, and cracked or broken teeth. Keeping your canine pal’s mouth healthy is very important! Here, a LaPorte, IN vet discusses doggy dental care.

Know The Warning Signs

As mentioned above, bad breath is often a sign of doggy dental troubles. Other red flags include ropy stringy, or excessive drool; swelling; tartar buildup; grumpiness; and a reduced interest in playing, chewing, and/or eating. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.


Brushing is one of the best ways to keep Fido’s mouth healthy. You’ll need to get your furry friend used to the idea, so start slowly, by just rubbing his gums and teeth with your finger. Offer your pup a special treat after, so he forms a positive association with dental care. The next step is to add some pet toothpaste. Choose a yummy flavor, like beef or chicken. Finally, you can start using a doggy toothbrush.

Veterinary Care

We recommend that all dogs have their teeth checked at least once a year, starting at age one. If Fido has tartar buildup on his teeth, he may need a good deep cleaning. This will remove that unsightly gunk, and will also fight the bacteria and infections associated with gum disease. Other issues are handled on a case-by-case basis.


Good hydration is important for many reasons, but it’s also very helpful in promoting good oral health. Fresh, clean water will help rinse food particles from Fido’s teeth, keeping his mouth cleaner.

Chew Toys

Chewing keeps dogs’ jaws strong, and also stimulates the flow of saliva, which will help keep your pup’s teeth clean. Make sure Fido always has safe, suitable chew toys.

Dental Products

If Fido won’t sit still long enough for you to brush his teeth, ask your vet about using dental-formula treats, kibble, or chews. These products are made to fight plaque and tartar, and can be very helpful for keeping your dog’s mouth healthy.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your LaPorte, IN animal hospital!

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