My husband and I recently adopted (and fell in love with) a sweet senior poodle from our local shelter. It wasn't long after bringing her home that we noticed she was having trouble eating, and would constantly paw at her mouth. Ultimately, she ended up needing about 12 broken teeth removed. Going forward, we're motivated to take care of the teeth she has left with regular brushing and checks. But... what exactly are we supposed to be looking for? Experts weigh in on the signs your dog is experiencing a dental issue and needs a check-up (and thorough cleaning!) ASAP.
As much as we adore our fur babies, life can get busy. Between work, kids, social events, and household responsibilities, it's easy to toss Fido's teeth cleaning reminder from the vet straight in the trash. Don't. "Dental health effects a dog’s overall health. You’ve probably heard your own dentist say this once or twice before: bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and make us sick," Dr. Danielle Bernal, veterinarian with WHIMZEES all-natural daily dental chews, tells Romper. "The same goes for our dogs. Taking care of their teeth and gums can help set the foundation for a healthier life overall." It's crucial to prioritize your dog's teeth in order to avoid a bigger health problem (and a bigger vet bill) down the line – so don't ignore your veterinarian's reminders and keep your eyes peeled for these red flags.