Dental diseases in dogs veterinary practice dr. Kathrin reuter

Dental diseases in dogsOver 80 percent of adult dogs suffer from diseases of the dental apparatus and gums that require treatment (periodontal disease), which are particularly noticeable due to unpleasant mouth odor. The cause of this most common disease of the teeth in dogs is
tartar.

Watch out – the dog does not show its pain so quickly!
Even if the dog still eats, it can have quite significant dental problems. Our dogs are just not as quick to show us that they are suffering from z.T. suffer considerable pain. Even dogs with broken teeth are presented in the practice only after days with the words: He can't be in pain, he is still eating! But this is fundamentally wrong! Therefore, pay the utmost attention to the dental health of your pet! Your dog will thank you!

High-grade tartar with massive periodontitis

Dental diseases in dogs veterinary practice dr. kathrin reuter

After the tartar cleaning

What is periodontal disease and how does it develop?

The cause of all evil is the deposition of soft plaque on the surface of the teeth at the transition to the gums. Plaque is composed of food residues and saliva particles and is densely populated with bacteria. If plaque is not removed regularly by brushing, calcium salts accumulate and brown, foul-smelling tartar develops. The gums react immediately with an inflammation (gingivitis), which can still heal completely if the tartar is removed as quickly as possible. If the disease is not stopped at this point, the inflammation spreads and attacks the tooth-supporting apparatus. The so-called Periodontitis.

dental diseases in dogs veterinary practice dr. kathrin reuter

The consequences of periodontitis

– Progressive detachment of the gums from the tooth surface – Formation of gum pockets with painful pus foci – Gum recession – Dissolution of the bone cavities supporting the tooth roots – Loosening and falling out of the teeth – Serious cardiovascular diseases, kidney and liver damage due to massive spread of germs into the bloodstream. Animals with dental problems do not always make a sick impression. According to the owners, they usually eat normally. Depending on the progression of the disease, however, the dogs then change their eating behavior, which the owner finally notices and is the reason for the presentation in the practice. Pet owners can significantly influence the dental health of their dog through the correct and regular care of the teeth.

Preventive measures

Brushing teeth: daily with soft toothbrush and special toothpaste or
Chewing snacks give with tooth-cleaning enzymes after the meals or dental food. These are dry food preparations, which push the plaque from the teeth when biting through. They can be given as a complete food or as a part of the daily feeding amount. Regular dental check: To be carried out 1 x a year in the veterinary practice. They damage the enamel. In the worst case can lead to tooth fractures.

The veterinarian's office will tell you which strategy is most appropriate for keeping the individual animal's teeth healthy. There you can also get tips and instructions for dental care at home as well as suitable toothbrushes, animal toothpastes, chewing strips and special dental cleaning foods.

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