In this blog, we’ll be discussing the importance of dental health for French Bulldogs – an essential topic that owners often neglect, but that can influence your pet’s overall health in the long run. Read on to find out what you can do to improve your Frenchie’s dental care so that they can live a long and happy life.
Dental health for dogs
Just like humans, dogs need to take special care of their teeth because they can develop plaque and oral health conditions. For dogs, teeth are as important as arms are for us. Dogs experience and interact with the world around them with their teeth, using them not only for eating and chewing, but also playing and defending themselves. The good news is that they are less prone to cavities and dental disease. However, as strong as they may be, dogs’ teeth can and will deteriorate because of plaque buildup.
Brushing your dog’s teeth professionally once a year is a healthy little habit that can go a long way, and you will notice both short and long term results. Let’s face it, you love your four-legged friend, but wouldn’t it be great if you got rid of that nasty dog breath? And that’s just one benefit. Dramatically eliminating plaque buildup also reduces the risk of gum infections, painful chewing, and tooth loss. To clean your dog’s teeth, you can either purchase special toothpaste and toothbrushes and do this yourself or, if you’re worried that you won’t do it correctly, you can have their teeth professionally cleaned at the vet. It does come with a higher price tag (between $100-$300/session, depending on the dog), but the results are worth it because proper dental care is an investment for your dog’s health. When taking your dog to routine check-ups, don’t forget to ask your vet to check for signs of periodontal disease. It is a serious dental health problem in dogs, and symptoms often start with the seemingly harmless bad breath.
Why should I take care of my dog’s dental health?
- Dogs that don’t receive the proper dental care can, unfortunately, lose their teeth, which affects their quality of life, put them in a lot of pain, and can lead to more severe health conditions.
- Investing in regular dental checkups and prevention can save you lots of money on extensive procedures and treatments. For example, the average cost of tooth extraction is over $1,000.
- Eating healthy food is the first step to good oral health in dogs, so make sure you feed your puppy a balanced diet in addition to brushing their teeth regularly.
- More than 80% of Frenchies older than four develop periodontal problems.
- Although one in three dog owners thinks that bad breath is collective and not a cause of concern, it can point to an underlying dental problem. If you feel a sharp, musky smell coming from your dog’s mouth, a visit to the vet will help you address any teeth & gum issues before they develop into something more serious.
- Inspect your Frenchie’s teeth regularly for other subtle signs of dental diseases, such as red, swollen gums.
Tips for preventing dental disease in Frenchies
Getting your Frenchie used to a dental care routine can be a bit tricky if you’ve already waited for a couple of years, so, just like in the case of children, you must start early and make teeth brushing a routine. This way, your puppy will get used to it and won’t struggle when you try to clean their teeth.
Chewing toys, special dog sticks and treats can also help reduce plaque buildup in between brushing sessions. Dental care diets for dogs are also available, but we recommend discussing diet options with your vet because it’s vital to cover all your Frenchie’s nutritional needs.