Greyhound Dental Care
Your greyhound's dental care is an important health issue that you can have full control over. Once a month, inspect your dog's mouth for tartar. Tartar is a thin brown line along the gum line. There should not be a "ledge" between the gum and the tooth. Your greyhound's gums should also be a nice pink color. Be on the lookout for inflamed or swollen gums or bad breath.
Daily brushing is essential to the health of your dog.Pet stores sell soft bristle brushes, finger brushes and toothpaste especially for dogs. Crunchy treats also help to keep teeth clean. Nylabone company offers several chew toys to help keep teeth clean.
Professional cleaning and polishing, using the ultrasonic method, is a highly suggested and should be done at least once a year. Ultrasonic cleaning can be done successfully on most greyhounds without anesthetics.
Although an ultrasonic cleaning is not as thorough as a full dental cleaning, it may be satisfactory, depending on the condition of your dog’s teeth. If anesthetic is not needed, and no major dental work is necessary, your dog should be ready to go home within 5 minutes after the cleaning.
If there are more serious dental issues that need attention and anesthetic is needed make sure your vet is knowledgeable about greyhound physiology as they are not like other dogs with respect to tolerance of anesthetics. They need significantly less than other dog breeds, so consult with your vet or have them suggest a vet who has a history and in depth knowledge of physiology.
After your greyhound’s teeth are professionally cleaned and polished, you can use various other products to help maintain their teeth. Oxyfresh and Biotene Water Additive are two products you add to your dog’s drinking water to reduce bacteria in their mouth. Both products are colorless and odorless. Pro V Seal is a product that you apply to your dog’s teeth forming a slippery wax-like film to repel food from sticking to your dog’s teeth.
Question and Answers Regarding Greyhound Dental Care
We rescued our greyhound a little over 2 years ago. We have been feeding her Natural Choice lamb and rice and mixing it with Natural Choice dental care. It was recommended to mix these two types of dog foods to aid in her care of her teeth (we do brush twice a week minimum), she also receives a dental treat once daily (this is just a crunchy treat which she eats in about 1 minute), some sort of dental treat on the weekend - this could be a dental raw hide, greenies, or iams dental bone. She is not a fan of bones or raw hides which she has to chew on - we had a bone for over 2 years that she rarely chewed on - we finally threw it away. Unfortunately, our Petco is no longer going to carry the large bag of the dental care. We have been unsuccessful at locating another store in our area which even carries Natural Choice dog food. Is there another brand which you recommend or maybe another food regimen that you would recommend.
It is recommended that you brush your dog's teeth every night, or every other night if that is not doable with dog toothpaste, two times a week isn't enough. Also as an added measure brush his teeth once a week using a mixture of warm salt water and a splash of peroxide. Dip your dog’s tooth brush in it and brush his teeth with it. Even if your greyhound does not show signs if dental problems, it is a good idea to include a dental health regime as they are notorious for having genetic weakness in this area and it can save you heart ache and money down the road.
A good dog food you can use is called Hills TD and you can get it from a vet's office, it costs about $54.00 a bag Canadian. It’s expensive but helps to keep dog teeth healthy and reduces plaque. However, any regular, healthy dog food can be used if you add the daily dental care regime along with it.
Raw bones work as well, but they really need to be fresh, throw them away after 3-4 days. Smear the bone with something your dog likes and that may make them more interesting and use knuckle bones, those help to get at difficult areas.
A raw food diet is also something that is recommended, the enzymes created are very healthy for dog's teeth and keeps the plaque down. You can find information on 'Raw Food Diet' on my website. I also came across a product in an alternative health magazine for dogs. It is a liquid product that can be applied to dog’s teeth to keep them healthy. It is called Leba III. You may want to check it out as well. The web site is www.lebalab.com
Avoid giving your dog "Greenies", apparently they can be dangerous. Dogs can't digest them properly, and they are a choking hazard.
I hope this helps.
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