All Breeds Including Pomsky Dental Cleaning
When it comes to dental care for Pomskies or any dog breed most owners still give a puzzled look. Though your Pomsky isn’t likely to get a cavity there are still some serious medical issues that can arise from a dirty doggy mouth. They may not be as cavity prone as us human caretakers but a dogs mouth is much more prone to gingivitis, tartar build up and large buildup’s of plaque along the gum line.
The problems don’t just stop there with bad breath and yellowing teeth. Canine dental problems can lead to much more serious and even life-threatening infections and issues with the kidneys, liver and heart. Good dental practices with your Pomsky are imperative to good health and hygiene. Veterinarians estimate that over 80% of all dogs over the age of 4 years will suffer or are currently suffering from some form of periodontal disease, all preventable with regular dental maintenance and professional check ups.
Daily Dental Care
Like a daily walk or yearly vet check-up your dog’s tooth health is important and should be thought of during every day and regular care. There are some easy steps you can take to keep your Pomsky’s teeth strong and healthy as well as some regular care options that will help lower his or her risks of periodontal issues.
Brushing of your Pomsky’s teeth, treats specifically formulated to aid in dental health, keeping your dog’s diet heavy in dry kibble and regular check-ups with your vet are all steps that can be taken to assure that your four legged friend has a healthy set of teeth for years to come. Always check with your vet before adding anything to your dog’s diet that is formulated to slow down the build up of plaque, your vet has the knowledge and records to know if that formula is appropriate for your Pomsky.
Brushing Your Pomsky’s Teeth
Brushing your dogs teeth isn’t likely to be an easy or quick process. It’s going to take time, patience and lots of treats and small sessions to not stress your dog or yourself. Your pooch pal may not go for the brushing of his teeth at first but given time and soothing words he may surprise you! Your first step is going to be finding the right brush for the job. You can inquire at your dentist or swing by any pet shop and find yourself an appropriately sized 45 degree toothbrush.
These dog brushes have two sets of bristles that face each other at a 45 degree angle.
The angle of these bristles helps to clean the base of your dogs teeth and below the gum line but it’s also an awkward and odd feeling for your dog.
Be sure to take it slow, speak quietly and in a soothing way and know that it all doesn’t have to be done in one session. This will keep your dog calm while you clean his or her teeth.
Smaller, easy sections cleaning small areas of your dogs mouth will be better then fighting with him to do the whole thing in one go.
Don’t Use Human Toothpaste On Your Dog
While brushing with a dry brush will help an appropriate dog tooth paste will also benefit and make tooth brushing a bit more appealing to your Pomsky. A note to those new to dog brushing: Never use human tooth paste on your dog’s teeth. Human toothpaste contains fluoride which could make your dog sick.
Another great option for your dog’s tooth care regime are treats that promote tooth health suck as Dentastix. These specifically formulated treats and chew toys are built in such a way that as a dog is chewing upon them he or she is working the toy against their teeth and gums, helping in self-cleaning of the mouth. Chewing away at a synthetic toy massages your dogs gums and helps to scrape away at any build up of soft tartar.
Take Your Dog For Oral Exams
Your veterinarian is going to be your best friend in more ways then one when it comes to keeping your Pomky’s mouth clean. After an oral exam you can discuss options with your vet that will most benefit your particular dog and his personality. For big chewers that may come down to just daily brushing and a hard kibble dog food.
For more extreme cases that may involve the vet anesthetizing your dog and doing a full dental cleaning to start you and your dog off fresh with as little build up as possible. If you’ve never done much for your dogs dental health an oral exam is highly suggested before you try anything to be sure that there are no underlying issues that could cause more harm and stress to your dog.
What Causes Your Dog’s Bad Breath
It’s hard to care for your Pomky’s mouth and prevent periodontal issues if you don’t know what you’re fighting against. Some of the most common issues include Halitosis, Periodontal disease, Gingivitis and Salivary cysts. Halitosis, also known as bad breath, is the first sign of severe dental issues for your dog. Dog breath isn’t pine fresh at any point but any rancid, unbearable smell coming from your dogs mouth is a sigh of a much more serious problem.
A build up of food or bacteria between the teeth is the primary cause of Halitosis. Periodontal disease, an infection between the teeth and gums, is a painful infection that causes tooth loss and spread of infection to other parts of your dogs body. Gingivitis is the same for dogs as it is in humans, an inflammation of the gums usually caused by accumulation of tartar, plaque and bacteria above and below the gums.
Salivary cysts are large, fluid filled blisters under the tongue or in the corners of your dogs mouth. These require immediate veterinary intervention to reduce the loss of salivary glands in which they form. Regardless of which method you turn to be sure to consult your veterinarian. Remember: Strong teeth, strong dog!