Why is the health of my dog’s teeth so important?
Always take care to keep your dog’s teeth healthy, and take them for regular check-ups. One of the most important reasons for this is that your insurance provider may only accept a claim for dental treatment if your dog had a routine dental examination within the previous 12 months. So, if you have dental cover included in your policy and you find that you need to make a claim for dentistry work, but haven’t had your dog’s teeth examined in the last 12 months, your claim could be void – meaning you have to cough up.
Another important consideration is that a dog’s teeth need a lot of looking after as their teeth have to do a lot of work. You can use a knife and fork to cut up food into manageable chunks, but your dog cannot use cutlery and so their teeth are required to a much greater extent.
When you take your dog outside, how often do they start licking the ground? All manner of items could end up going into their mouth and on to their teeth in this way.
Infections that start in your dog’s teeth can quickly spread to other organs such as kidneys and the heart and cause complications.
This all means you need to make sure you brush your dog’s teeth often. Also give your dog dental chews, feed them healthy food and buy rubber toys specifically designed for their teeth.
If your dog develops any of the following, it could indicate dental problems and you need to seek treatment:
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Discoloured or swollen gums
- Yellow teeth