Many toy dogs have gum disease. It often starts as early as a year old, or may not be a problem until they are 5 or older. Similar to human beings, it occurs from not keeping their teeth clean, there may be a hereditary factor, and it may be contagious from dog to dog!
Bad breath is a first sign
Look particularly at the little upper front teeth. If there is redness, soreness, odor, and if the gums are receding from the teeth. You are in trouble.
Tooth Care Regimen
1. Brushing with pumice (available at amazon, use the extra fine)
3. Application of hydrogen peroxide mixed with baking soda to make a watery paste
4. 1 to 3 X a week
5. Bones, Chewers, and more Bones
6. Bad Breath: Antibiotics, clindamycin, available without a prescription called fishmycin, followed by brushing, scaling and peroxide paste
7. Gum disease, same treatment as 6.
8. Loose teeth don't worry, they will everntually come out on their own
9. Vet Care? Shouldn't be necessary
Heartworm prevention is necessary all year long, especially in the south. Your vet will sell you wonderful products that include flea and tick repellants, as well as all purpose wormers, for BIG dollars. It is really expensive when you have several dogs.
Want to save some $$$$$$$$$? Let me tell you what I do...
Veterinarians like to tell owners that their dog has a sensitive stomach and needs special food that is hypoallergenic, grain free, etc. Maybe it makes a difference, maybe not.
The REAL TRUTH is...
My Two Cents About Kennel Cough...
Kennel Cough is highly contagious and can be carried by you to your dog on shoes and clothing. Asymptomatic dogs can carry it and give it to other dogs. Stress makes it worse and brings it out. A dog can be well today, sick tomorrow!
It is a MYTH...
that Italian Greyhounds do not do well with children...