Routine dental care is important for all dogs, but little sized dogs or toy breeds such as Yorkshire Terriers, Bichons, Chihuahuas, and other similar breeds have special dental requirements that must be considered. 

Regrettably, plaque buildup and gingivitis may lead to not just tooth reduction but can also permit hazardous levels of bacteria into the bloodstream, potentially causing harm to other organs like the kidney and heart.

Small breeds add additional problems into the mix. First, their mouths are substantially more compact than larger breeds. Second, little breeds commonly eat soft canned foods or people’s food that adheres to the teeth and gums. Last, little dogs usually live more, giving the periodontal disease a long time to cause difficulties. When puppies start the process of shedding their teeth and making way for the adult teeth, a few toy breeds have a harder than normal time ‘pushing’ out these teeth. These stubborn infant teeth might have to be eliminated by a veterinarian. Additionally, breeds such as the Japanese Chin and Chihuahua have exceptionally tiny muzzles; therefore, toy strains could undergo overcrowding of teeth. To maintain the usual bite and correct alignment, veterinarian removal of some teeth may also be required.

Toy breeds also seem to acquire tartar and jolt buildup faster and sooner than a lot of the bigger breeds. A good dental health routine needs to be established while the dog remains young.

  1. Begin exposing your pup as soon as you bring him home to the idea of touching his teeth and mouth. Put doggie dental glue on your finger for him to lick. The more accustomed he’s to the sensations, the simpler it to correctly clean his teeth.
  2. Clean the daily debris from his teeth. There are several choices for maintaining his teeth nice and clean. Daily cleanings are perfect, but try to wash at least a few times a week. It is possible to use either a small baby washcloth moistened with warm water, either a pet finger toothbrush or even a tiny extra-soft bristled child’s toothbrush (the heads on these toothbrushes are extremely small). Apply only a little bit of pet toothpaste and gently apply to your teeth. You may wash only a few teeth at a time until he becomes more comfortable with the process.
  3. Several liquid products can be applied to the teeth frequently to assist discourage bacterial growth. Veterinarians can also apply OraVet (a plaque control gel) in addition to an appropriate dental cleaning.
  4. Toys and treats can be an essential part of dental care, but you must be cautious about what your toy strain is chewing gum on. Many tiny dogs have cracked or broken teeth on inappropriate chew toys. Be sure to only buy chew treats that are specifically made for toy breeds. Other goods may have warning labels stating not for use by strains under 15 pounds. Never give your dog using an inappropriate item.
  5. Throughout your annual vet exam, be sure to heed the recommendation of your veterinarian. If he or she believes that a thorough dental cleaning under anesthesia would be best, schedule an appointment for the procedure. Your toy strain will possess excellent oral health by establishing a good dental care plan early on and consistently doing it. Be sure to brush your dog’s teeth frequently, prevent chew treats that are unsuitable for it, and program professional cleanings when justified. Don’t forget to regularly inspect your pet’s mouth as well to ensure there is no overcrowding of teeth or diseased teeth which may need to be removed. Lastly, note any observations of fluctuations from teeth or gums like swelling, release, or growths, and make sure you point these out to a veterinarian in a visit.

Regular dog and cat dental care is an integral part of dogs’ and cats’ oral and general health. But many pets do not receive the attention they need to keep their gums and teeth healthy.

At Park Pet Hospital we’re pleased to offer comprehensive dental hygiene providers for your pet which range from routine dental checkups, tooth polishing, and cleanings, to dental surgeries and x-rays. Learn more from our experienced surgical care.

We strongly believe in educating pet owners about the significance of at-home dental care for their four-legged family members.

Our veterinarians at Park Pet Hospital provide expert preventative and restorative dental health care ranging from cat and dog dental checkups to oral surgery.