Dogs will get two sets of teeth in their lives. They will start getting their baby teeth around the age of three or four weeks. If you have ever had a puppy, then you already know that they begin to explore the world with their mouths around the age of four or five months.
Dogs start to lose their puppy teeth around the age of five or six months. The second set of teeth is the most important set of teeth. That is why it is important to brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis.
You will also need to take your dog to the vet for a dental checkup every year. However, if you notice any of the following signs, then you will need to take your dog to the vet before the one-year mark.
- Extra teeth
- Bad breath
- Teeth with tartar
- Abnormal chewing
- Refusing to eat
- Broken teeth
Dental problems can also cause behavioral issues. Periodontal disease is a problem that can result if dental care is neglected. It is something that has to be taken seriously. Gum disease will get worse if it is not treated. It can also cause liver, kidney and heart problems.
February is a month that is set aside to raise awareness about pet dental care. This is a great time to take your pet to the vet for a dental cleaning. Your vet will also be able to tell you the best ways to care for your pet’s teeth.
There are many products available that will help you keep your pet’s teeth healthy. This includes things such as chew toys. Some products may work better than others. You may have to try several before you find one that works for your pet.