Hello, my name is Catherine. I have long loved animals and have had several of my own over the years. Sadly, I saw two of my cats suffer with feline cancer, one of my dogs had arthritis, and, of course, we faced the usual calamities and injuries pets often face. However, I have had to navigate this on a relatively restricted budget, and through the years, I have gotten quite proficient at that. I work at a library and love doing research on pets and veterinary care as well as a range of other topics. I also love to write so decided to put my info in a blog. Please, explore and enjoy!
It is said that one dog year is equal to 7 human years, so as the owner of a 10-year-old dog, you know that your canine buddy is getting on in their years. When it comes to doggy dental care, it is important that their teeth receive regular attention. However, as your dog grows older, you have worries about the anesthesia used for a doggy dental cleaning. Here are four factors to consider when it comes to the continuing care of your pet's teeth.
1. Diet Adjustment
When your dog was a young puppy, a big bone was a wonderful treat, which also doubled as a tooth cleaner. However, as your dog's years advance, it is time to reconsider the dental treats you give to your pet. This is because of your dog's teeth and gums becoming more sensitive as they age. Have a chat with your pet's vet to see what alternative teeth cleaning treats you can offer to your canine buddy.
2. Regular Checking
Taking your dog to the vet every six months to have their teeth checked is one way to stay on top of dental issues, but you can do a weekly check at home yourself too. Gently open the mouth, one side at a time, and look for obvious signs of dental distress. Signs include:
If any dental distress is spotted, make an appointment for your vet to take a closer look.
3. Annual Vet Cleaning
Just like a human, your dog's teeth should be professionally cleaned by the vet once per year. This does involve the use of anesthesia, and this is a subject you must discuss directly with your vet because they know your pet's medical history. Despite their advancing years, there should be no reason not to do an annual clean. The use of anesthesia means all plaque and tartar buildup can be removed without your pet experiencing any discomfort. Do not discount having this process done because of your pet's age.
4. Continue To Brush
Finally, continue to brush your dog's teeth at least twice per week, no matter how old they are. However, make an adjustment to the amount of pressure you put on the brush so that you don't irritate your dog's gums and make them bleed. Also, consider changing the dog's toothbrush to one that has softer bristles if you suspect irritation is occurring.
To learn more, contact your local veterinary dentistry office.