Ha Ha! April looks very toothy and goofy and this picture always makes me smile .
There is a serious message in this photo though. It’s about dental health. When April, like many greyhounds, are young, they are fed mainly soft foods. As they get older, their teeth deteriorate. They get a build up of plaque and their teeth start to rot. It’s interesting to note that dogs do not get cavities in their teeth, they rot from the gum and the teeth start to die. This results in infection, discomfort, pain and ‘dragon’ breath – not nice for anyone!
We adopted April two years ago when she was 8 years old and had to have 8 of her little front teeth removed – hence the goofy look! This week, she’s had to have her two incisors out. She will be happier in the long run, but it’s awful to have to put her through the pain of an anaesthetic and extractions.
She was not a happy girl afterwards and it makes you feel so guilty about putting them through it – nasty mummy! I think she’s forgiven me now that she’s getting special guilt food of prime beef strips! And I got a lovely, minty-fresh- breath kiss when I came home from work today!
To maintain good dental health, dogs should be given a diet which contains mainly dry food, some uncooked bones of a size applicable to the size of the dog, dental stix or similar and if you’re game, some dental brushing.
If your dog can maintain good dental hygiene, you will save a lot of money on dental bills and you’ll have a happy and healthy doggy with a lovely canine smile!
Of course, always consult your vet if you have any concerns or need further advice.
Say ‘Cheese’ for the camera April!