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Are You Taking Care of Your Small Dog’s Teeth?
Are You Taking Care of Your Small Dog’s Teeth?

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

While Labradors have topped the American Kennel Club's list of popular dogs for more than two decades, small dogs are gaining ground. Out of the top 10 breeds, four — Yorkshire terriers, Dachshunds, Poodles (the category includes standards and miniatures) and Shih Tzus — are small breeds. 

Small dogs make great companions for a reason. Many are smart, personable and ideally sized for apartment living. But small dogs do come with special needs, and owners should be aware of them. For example, due to the small size of their mouths, dogs under 20 pounds have a greater risk of dental problems.

Owners of small dogs should be extra diligent about their pets' oral hygiene. Scheduling regular checkups can help vets catch problems in tooth and jaw development. Those with puppies should pay attention when their dogs start losing their milk teeth. If adult teeth don't emerge from the gums, there could be a problem requiring a vet visit.

Adult dog owners should examine their dogs' gums for signs of infection, like discoloration or bleeding. Abnormalities may be signs of periodontal disease, which requires treatment by a veterinarian.

Prevention is just as important as detection. Brushing pets' teeth daily is one of the best ways to maintain oral health, but many dogs won't tolerate brushing. For dogs that are temperamental about pet owners or vets touching their teeth, a simple and effective solution can be found using a new type of probiotics, called Teddy's Pride Oral Care (www.MyTeddysPride.com), that has been designed specifically for the oral care needs of dogs and cats. These probiotics can be used in addition to brushing or as a stand-alone oral care routine, if brushing is not an option. Owners simply sprinkle the odorless, tasteless product on their pets' food, making it the easiest step toward protecting pets' mouths.

— NewsUSA

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pet-Connection-Programs-inc-Marilla-NY/114420508616511?ref=ts. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)



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