Home Health Care
Routine home care should be started as soon as possible. Depending on the size of your dog, the infant, children’s or adult brushes with soft bristles can be used. Try to make brushing an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Patience and time are the two mainstays. It takes an average of two months for your pet to get used to having its’ teeth brushed, however, the health rewards are well worth it.
There are good toothpastes available for the dog and cat as well as liquid gum conditioners. Consult with our veterinarians for the one best suited for your pet. Human toothpastes, salt, and baking soda should not he used, Toothpastes’ foaming action is irritating and all of these substances can cause illness if swallowed.
Deciduous (temporary) or “milk” teeth begin to appear when a puppy is about four weeks of age, and are lost gradually between 14 and 30 weeks of age. During this time, puppies may eat slightly less and chew more. Hard rubber or rawhide toys made especially for dogs are a good investment to help prevent household damage during this time.
Occasionally, a puppy will retain some deciduous teeth after his permanent teeth have appeared. This may damage the soft tissues of the mouth and may even accelerate wear of permanent teeth. Consult with one of our veterinarians to determine whether or not removal is necessary.