Posts in Category: Pet Dental Care
A smelly pet is a common complaint we hear from pet owners. Dogs can stink for a number of reasons, and many of which may be normal. After all, have you ever met a dog who doesn’t smell a little doggie? The odor that is emitted from your dog, though, may be an underlying sign of trouble.
The team at Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to explain the causes and conditions of a smelly dog to help you answer the question, “Why does my dog stink?”
6 Causes of a Stinky Dog
That unmistakable smell when your dog returns from a rainy walk, or when they haven’t had a bath in a few weeks, is something most owners lament. A mix of musk and oil create a bouquet of malodorous odor, not something you want to have on the couch or the bed. But there are some odors that are more than just that doggie aroma.
While cavities in dogs aren’t as common as they are in people, they do exist in about 5% of canine patients. Also known as dental caries, canine cavities occur when oral bacteria ferments carbohydrates on the tooth surface. While there are some other factors that are part of this tooth-decaying process, the fact is this diagnosis can be prevented.
All Things Considered
Part of the reason why you might not be aware of cavities in dogs is that there are some unique criteria involved. First, there must be a spot on a tooth for food to accumulate. Second, a dog must have eaten fermentable carbohydrates. Lastly, the presence of high salivary pH is necessary to trigger the fermentation process.Continue…
It’s easy to forget about your pet’s teeth and gums until an unfortunate odor starts emanating from their mouth. Of course, doggie or kitty breath is nothing new, but by the time this tell-tale funk is obvious, damage to the teeth and gums has already begun. In other words, pet dental disease isn’t one of those conditions where you should just “wait and see” if something develops. The following common signs of poor dental health are all a call to action.
Before We Get Started…
Oral bacteria combined with food particles create a film on the teeth called plaque. When it hardens, tarter will form. Plaque is fairly easy to brush off, but tartar removal is more serious. When plaque is ignored, tartar creeps between the gums and teeth where bacteria can flourish, causing bad breath.
As a general rule, people brush and floss their teeth about twice a day (or least we’re supposed to). In fact, the act of caring for our teeth and gums is so essential to daily living that we can’t even fathom going a day without it. Animals may not have the same expectations for good-smelling breath and dazzling smiles, but nonetheless, they still benefit from oral health. If you’ve been wondering about pet dental care but weren’t sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. With February being National Pet Dental Health Month, we wanted to give you a good head start on your pet’s dental health for the new year!