Dental health is as important for dogs as it is for humans.
If it seems like your dog is slowing down, getting old or losing its pep, make sure that poor dental health isn't to blame. A dog who loses his appetite or energy level may indeed be getting older, but the same symptoms can be caused by problems with their teeth and mouth. A checkup and cleaning at the vet's office, plus treatment for whatever problems emerge, may put the bounce back in your senior dog's step.
Keep up your dog's regular dental care and you will most likely be aware of problem areas before they manifest themselves as lassitude and loss of appetite. Along with brushing your dog's teeth, provide chewing toys and encourage your older dog to play.
Providing proper dental care isn't just important to your dog's dental health; it's important to their overall health. Dental problems, though rooted in the mouth, can affect the body in its entirety. Infections in the mouth can spread throughout the body to critical areas such as the heart and kidneys. Infection can also affect a dog's joints and intestinal tract, creating even further complications from a very preventable problem.
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