You are leaving the country website to access another site in the group.
Regulatory constraints and medical practices vary from country to country. Consequently, the information provided on the site in which you enter may not be suitable for use in your country.
Find out more about your dogs
Within a few days of puppy bouncing into your life you’ll be made very aware of his or her set of sharp little puppy teeth! Looking after those budding pearly whites from an early age will help your little nipper stay healthy, happy and avoid may diseases over the course of their life.
Moving from pup teeth to the grown up variety can be uncomfortable for your puppy as their sharp adult teeth push their way through the gums. The best way to relieve the pain is to get your puppy chewing. This helps the permanent teeth break through the gums more easily.
Puppies will chew just about anything they can get their little teeth into. Safe and stimulating puppy teething toys offer that much-needed chewing outlet during a highly stressful time. Chewing exercises also help to properly develop their jaw muscles, teeth and gums. Not to mention all the shoes, socks and other defenseless valuables you’ll save.
If your puppy chews things around the house due to boredom and for play, you need to control this.
Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss in dogs. A regular brush can help this.
Now it’s time to shine those pearly whites. Before you do, ask your veterinarian:
When it’s time to brush:
A survey has shown that 80% of dogs over the age of three have some form of dental disease. By brushing your puppy’s teeth, you can help your dog stay one of the healthy 20%.
Dental disease not only causes bad breath, it can be painful and can contribute to more severe systemic disease such as renal (kidney) and heart disease. Small toy-breed dogs are more likely to develop dental disease because they are less avid chewers.
If teeth cleaning can’t keep your dog’s mouth healthy they will need to visit your veterinarian for treatments like teeth cleaning, ultrasonic scaling under anesthetic and teeth extractions etc.
Each week you need to see what’s going on inside your dog’s mouth. Lift their lips and examine the gums and teeth. The gums should be pink rather than red or white, with no signs of swelling. Their teeth should be clean, without any brownish tartar.
If your dog shows any of the following signs, you should visit your veterinarian for a check up:
Merck Veterinary Manual
Royal Canin Dental Diet