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Dental care for older dogs
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Dog advice: looking after your older dog's teeth

Smelly breath and gum disease can indicate dental problems

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Keep them clean!

As your dog gets older, plaque and tartar that have built up on its teeth over a long period may begin to cause real trouble. They make a great home for bacteria, and once these bacteria get to work, they can cause nasty gum disease which will make your dog’s mouth really painful. Look out for signs such as bad breath, redness round the gums, or a reluctance to eat.

Why does it matter?

The bacteria that can cause such problems in your dog’s mouth won’t necessarily stay where they are. If these bacteria enter your pet’s blood stream they can travel to other part of the body, and that can mean that an infection that began in the mouth could end up damaging the kidneys, liver or heart. 

Tips for healthier teeth

Daily teeth brushing is the best way to prevent deterioration of dental disease. This is something to get all dogs used to as puppies but it doesn’t mean older dogs can’t learn to accept it. Ask your Vets4Pets team for advice on teeth brushing and alternatives such as dental gels, mouth washes, or chews.

Regular check-ups

If you have any specific dental worries, bring your dog to see us at Vets4Pets – we’ll be able to investigate your concerns thoroughly. We will also give your dog a dental check when you bring them in for their annual booster vaccination – it’s another chance for us to discuss ways to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Most dogs will require a scale and polish at some point during their lives, usually when they are older. It is always best to treat dental problems sooner rather than later to prevent having to treat infections or extract teeth.