Teething

Your dog's teeth need to be controlled since the first days of life. Especially in small size dogs you have to make sure that the definite teeth don't come out before the milk teeth have fallen out (this usually takes place between the first 4 and 6 months). If that were to occur, it is advisable to go to the veterinarian so that she can extract the corresponding milk tooth or teeth. If you don't do that, you might run the risk of the dog having deformations in his mouth later on, and these are much harder to correct then.

A dog's teeth, especially when he gets older, can be affected by caries, which causes a lot of pain, difficulties to chew, lack of appetite and bad breath. Sometimes, fistulas (An abnormal passage leading from a suppurating cavity to the body surface) from on the base of the infected tooth, but extracting it and disinfecting the area, you can obtain total recovery.

Dogs usually finish their teething process when they're 1 year old. So that their teeth can remain healthy and strong it is necessary to clean them once a month by passing a humid brush on the front teeth and claws. To clean the molars, although a bit elementary, give the dog, from time to time, and apple or a spongy bone. If it has been a while since the dog's teeth have been cleaned and they are yellowish and covered in tartar, you have to turn to the veterinarian, who will remove the tartar with adequate instrument. If it is very abundant, tartar can cause inflammations and bad odors. You can avoid or retard its formation by putting a drop of lemon on the toothbrush you use to clean your animal's teeth.

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