Dental Care For Pugs
How dental diseases affect your Pug dog
Dental diseases tend to be the most common disorders for our beloved Pug dog teeth. Pug puppies typically have about 28 deciduous teeth (sharp front ones) when they are around a month old and then their milk teeth appear. Those tend to be replaced by the permanent teeth (42 of them in total ) during 14 to 30 weeks of age.
Like humans, pugs suffer similar dental diseases, such as periodontal disease, plaque, and tartar. Some of the common signs to pay attention to would be red/or inflamed gums, broken teen, saliva with blood, bleeding gums, yellow-brown tartar on the gum line or loss of appetite. Any of these symptoms would make you pug irritable, distressed and moody.
It is vital to keep a watchful eye on the perpetual build up of tartar on your pug’s teeth. An occasional cleaning visits (2-4 years) to the veterinarian who specializes in dental cleaning for dogs would be an excellent idea. Routine dental care at home is a sure way to prevent dental diseases from visiting. You can find special toothbrushes and well as special doggy toothpaste to help you with the dental care for your pug. [Remember not to use toothpaste made for humans on your pug dog] Special drops/additives can be also added to their drinking water to help with further dental care for pugs. You may find initially, your pug wants to lick all the toothpaste off the brush, however, with firm commands and training you can stop this practice 90% of the time. The gradual introduction of toothpaste onto your pug’s gums with your finger is a good start. You can gently rub the toothpaste across the top on bottom rows of teeth. Do this often until there isn’t any resistance or distractions to eating up the toothpaste.
Dental care for pugs starts with prevention. Whilst practicing regular teeth cleaning at home works, there are also other practical ways to help. Namely, the use of chewy toys and other products that are specially designed to help with teeth cleaning. These toys tend to cake off tartar as they rub against the pug’s gums. Making available rawhide masticates also helps tremendously in keeping strong gums and teeth.
Finally, your vet can recommend other product to add to your home remedies and prevention. Keeping your pug dog’s teeth healthy and clean will ensure them a cute smile whilst you’re smiling back in return.