An easy way to detect dental disease early is by sniffing your dog’s breath. While it’s never going to smell like a bunch of roses, if your pup’s breath is particularly offensive, it could be an indication of dental disease. If you feel like your dog may have failed the breath test, take them for a visit to your local Taree vet as soon as possible.
Another way to check for dental disease is by lifting your dog’s lips and unveiling their teeth and gums. Their gums should be pink (not red or white) and their teeth should be reasonably clean with no visible signs of tartar. Signs that your dog needs a vet would be excessive drooling, inflamed gums, abnormal lumps in the gums, cysts under the tongue or loose teeth.
Starting from when they’re a pup, massage their lips using your fingers everyday (for about 30 seconds) to get them used to the feeling. Next, purchase dog-formulated toothpaste and put it on their lips once a day to get them familiar with the taste. Once you think they’re ready, purchase a dog-specific toothbrush, apply the dog-formulated toothpaste and get brushing 2 to 3 times a week. Never use human toothpaste and don’t use fluoride for pups under 6 months.
Chew toys are beneficial on a whole number of levels, for you and your dog. Not only are chew toys fun for your pup to play with, but they can satisfy their desire to chew, while keeping their teeth clean and scraping away soft tartar along the way. This will save their teeth and your thongs at the same time!
When shopping for dog food or treats, keep an eye out for any specially formulated dry food that can stop the formation of plaque and tartar.
Need a vet?
If you notice anything untoward while brushing your dog’s teeth, or they have unbearably bad breath, bring them down to your local vet for a checkup. We’ve found a couple of the most popular vets in Taree who will be happy to help!
Colin Dry Veterinary Clinic
When it comes to providing a quality treatment for your furry family member, you can have peace of mind knowing they’re in the safe hands at Colin Dry Veterinary Clinic. Whether you need professional advice on your pet’s dental care or you just want a general checkup, the animal-loving staff here will ensure they’re 100 per cent cared for. With a range of services available and complete veterinary care for all small animals, you can rely on Colin Dry Veterinary clinic to provide first-class support, advice and treatments when your pet needs it most.
Where: 119 Wingham Rd Taree NSW
Manning Veterinary Hospital
If you’re looking for a trustworthy vet to care for your sick pet, let the experienced veterinarians at Manning Veterinary Hospital handle it. Conveniently located in the heart of Taree, the small team here have more than 40 years’ combined experience, so you can guarantee your beloved pet will get the close attention they deserve. With high-tech ultrasound, digital radiology, advanced orthopaedics and an in-house pathology clinic, this state-of-the-art vet has all the latest equipment needed to get the job done right. Has your pet had an unfortunate accident in the middle of the night? With an on-call vet available 24 hours, you can give the friendly team at Manning Veterinary Hospital a call any time of the day.
Where: 16 Commerce St Taree NSW
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