The importance of good dental hygiene cannot be overstated. Dogs, like people, can get gingivitis (inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria) and can suffer from decay and lose teeth without proper care. Gingivitis is a primary cause of bad breath in canines.
When the greyhound is admitted to be neutered by our vets, they will do a thorough teeth cleaning. Once this has been done, maintenance is down to you.
Regular chews, cooked bones and dental treats (available from pet stores) will help with some of the plaque build-up however brushing their teeth is the most effective form of dental care. Some dogs will let you brush their teeth straight away, however, others will need to have their confidence built up.
You can do this in stages:
· For the first few days gently stoke your dog's muzzle.
· Once your greyhound accepts this happily, you can then progress to lifting their lips up and praising them for their co-operation.
· Once your dog has gained confidence in you, he will allow you to gently brush their teeth, use a soft bristle toothbrush and a canine toothpaste, usually flavoured with chicken or beef. This will be a real treat for your dog, who will find the taste so delicious he will try to chew on the brush! Dog toothbrushes/finger brushes and canine toothpaste are available at pet stores or from your local vet.
Regular attention to the mouth will save money for you and pain for the dog later.
Check your greyhound's teeth and gums regularly and seek veterinary advice if in doubt