Dog Oral Hygiene

  • Oct 04, 2021
  • By Dr. PawNatural©

Your faithful friend's oral health reveals a lot about your well-being and it's important to watch out for some signs.


Bad breath

It is normal for dogs to sometimes have bad breath. However, it is important to watch out for these signs as they may indicate that your health is not at 100%.  


Some diseases can cause bad breath, such as gastric diseases (eg gastritis, ulcers,…), canine diabetes, kidney disease or respiratory problems.


Accumulated tartar, an inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) or an inflammation of a broken tooth can also be the cause of canine bad breath.


These symptoms are often caused by poor hygiene. Just as tutors brush their teeth daily, our dogspanels must also perform frequent oral hygiene. If food debris is not removed while brushing teeth, there may be a build-up of tartar-forming bacteria.


Tooth brushing should be performed at least two to three times a week. There are some proper mouth sprays that help keep your mouth clean. Never use products for humans, as it contains too much fluorine and other properties that can harm your pet. Offering your dog an apple or carrot can also help prevent food residues from accumulating in the mouth.



How many times has your dog tried to gnaw a rock or chew something inappropriate? Bigeye is tempted to voraciously bite something hard, and when its guardian notices, there's gone a tooth. 


If not treated properly, accumulated tartar or gingivitis can lead to tooth loss or toothache. It may also happen that your dog falls or hits an obstacle, affecting the mouth. In the case of older dogs, the probability and risk of tooth fracture increases due to aging of the bones.


Some of the signs that your dog may have a toothache are: swelling of the mouth, change in the odor of breath, redness of the gums, yellow or dark teeth, decreased appetite, bleeding gums, passing the paw in the mouth with frequency and difficulty in ingesting hard foods.


If your dog has any symptoms, immediately seek a veterinarian, who can perform a complete examination and obtain a concrete diagnosis. 


The cure for these problems may involve taking antibiotics prescribed by your veterinarian or oral cleaning. In the case of broken teeth, the solution may be to remove or restore the dentition. 


Pay attention to your pet's health, as their well-being is our happiness!


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