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Hi German Shepherd Maniacs. This is David from K9 SuperHeroes.
Today we’re going to be looking at 5 simple tricks for healthy German Shepherd teeth and gums, this is something that’s overlooked too much by owners, before we do that let’s look at the GSD mouth in some detail to find out what should be normal and what could be a potential problem in your German shepherd’s teeth and gums.
So as we all know, proper dental care is a priority to preventing possible health problems in German Shepherds, but for whatever reason owners do get complacent, I guess it’s just something that you forget about.
Even when things may not smell or look particularly right, this often goes unnoticed because sometimes you just think our dog has bad breath, but it could be something way worse than that.
So firstly before we go into the 5 simple tricks, Let’s have a look at what normal teeth and gums should look like so, you know what is pretty normal.
So the first thing that you should know is about the gums.
Typically the German Shepherd dog has bluish of has a bluish-black tongue along with grey or black-pigmented gums.
The black spot is melanin. The natural pigment in their gums.
German Shepherd dogs normally have 42 teeth that composed of 12 incisors, 4 canine teeth, 16 premolars, and 10 molars, each of the teeth has its own function.
The sharp-edged incisors are for scraping the meat from the bone.
The incisors are also used for removing fleas and other inefficients, next to the incisors are the canine teeth which are for grasping the bone, the premolars are for chewing and shearing meat while the pointed molars are for crushing the bone.
Let’s have a look at some common German Shepherd teeth and mouth problems.
They may suffer from some of these common dental issues, the first one is plaque & tartar, what is that?
So plaque is a film that develops on your GSD’s teeth, a buildup of plaque on your dog’s teeth can do worse than just give them smelly breath.
If left unchecked plaque on your dog’s teeth plaque will develop into tartar, this can cause pain, it can cause gum disease, it can cause tooth loss and it can cause infections, abscesses, and in even worst cases, it can develop into heart disease.
The second one is gingivitis, gingivitis is an inflammation of your German Shepherds gums.
And the early stages of gum disease, it’s very common in dogs and is treatable.
Although if left untreated it can develop into advanced periodontal disease, which can lead to teeth lost together.
Gingivitis is caused by, bacteria that accumulate due to plaque and tartar build-up.
The inflammation of the gums may become more severe and painful and the gums may even start to bleed, so look out for that.
The third one is periodontitis disease, this is the most common infectious disease of adult German Shepherd altogether.
It is a progressive cyclical inflammatory disease of the supporting structures of the teeth and is the main cause of dogs dental disease and early tooth loss.
Another give away is halitosis (bad breath) is a sign of periodontal disease, again, if a German shepherd’s teeth are not brushed properly, it can lead to plaque and tartar buildup which causes dog halitosis (bad breath).
In some cases, it could be a symptom of internal organ damage as well. So that’s some of the problems out there, they can be pretty severe if left untreated.
Let’s have a look at what some of the giveaways are of that which tend to be the German Shepherd’s gum color, the color of your German Shepherd’s gums can tell you a lot about their health.
If the color of your German Shepherd’s gums suddenly changes it can indicate illness.
Therefore it is imperative to take a look at your German Shepherd’s gum every so often and talk to your vet as soon as possible if something does change.
The following colors can indicate health issues, so the first one is pale/white, Anemia is the leading cause of pale/white gums in dogs it is caused by internal or external bleeding or infections, other reasons for pale gums include shock, liver shunt, and dehydration.
Slightly red gums can be an indication of gingivitis or inflammation of the gums.
Then you’ve got bright, blood-red gums that can be an indication of exposure to toxins or heat stroke.
And yellow, if your German Shepherd dog has yellow gums that can be a sign of leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can be passed to humans.
Another reason could be jaundice which can be a sign of liver disease so make sure that you keep an eye out on your German Shepherd’s gums and because it can be pretty severe, so keep an eye out for that.
Now the 5 simple tricks, they pretty obvious but let’s go through them.
Dental Health should be taken extremely seriously.
Like I said something that overlooked way too often and it should be something that is constantly looked at because dental disease is one of the most common problems affecting German Shepherds.
But with proper dental care, dental disease can be prevented, and here are those 5 ways to promote healthy teeth and gums.
If your German Shepherd dog is not used to brushing slowly introduce them to the Habit until it becomes natural.
Start cleaning their teeth at 6 weeks of age.
2 to 3 times a week using special using a special dog toothbrush and toothpaste.
Try to do this when they are relaxed, rather than them being in a bad mood which can be dangerous. Here’s a great dog oral hygiene kit on Amazon.com you can get.
Focus on the outside surfaces of the teeth, because the dog’s tongue can clean the inner surfaces. If you notice a tartar build-up you may need to use a dental scaler to scrape it away. Ask your vet for assistance if you’re unsure how to remove tartar buildup.
#2. Diet is Key For German Shepherd Teeth
Usually, we advise the best-wet food, as they have the best ingredients.
But if your dog is struggling with teeth hygiene, maybe try moving them on to dry foods.
But as always check to make sure these dry foods are of the highest quality with the best ingredients.
Dry food may also help your dog exercise the chewing muscles.
But the focus is on giving them good quality food and avoid sugary foods altogether.
The reason for this is because wet food can sometimes cause a buildup in between the German shepherd’s.
Wet food is great but if your dog is struggling then move onto dry foods. You will see an improvement in their teeth and gum health, just make sure it is of the highest quality that there’s wet food are as well.
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Check out our blog on 11 Proven German Shepherd Health Tips for more awesome information.
#3 Chew Toys, Treats & Bones
Toys and dog treats that are recommended by experts to help control tartar
There are toys that the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) has sealed on them.
Avoid cooked bones as a chew toy, because they are brittle and this bone can get stuck in the stomach of a German Shepherd and can cause internal injuries and internal bleeding.
Choose a sturdy bone based on its size and the chewing ability of your dog.
Raw bones are acceptable but only if you supervise.
There’s plenty of different toys and bones out there which have this seal on them.
Try and avoid cooked bones if possible.
A lot of owners are looking at companies like BarkBox, which make the Super Chewer monthly dog toy and chew box. The Super Chewer range is made of especially durable toys made for the like of a German Shepherd, check them out here.
#4. Dental Treatments
Your German Shepherd could be suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis if their breath smells.
If you notice they have been losing interest in playing with toys, salivating more than usual, and being fussy with their food then contact your vet immediately.
You can check if your dog needs these treatments they may be antibiotics to fight infection.
They could need a tooth extraction as well.
#5 Consider using an online Vet service to make quick checks if something doesn’t look right
One of the biggest problems is that owners can’t react fast enough or are unsure if their dog is at risk.
99% of the time, your dog is fine. But if you notice something out of the ordinary you need a quick solution and something getting to the vet, especially during the pandemic, isn’t the easiest.
You can solve these problems by looking at the revolutionary new wave of online vet services.
These services stream qualified vets into the comfort of your home.
So you can make quick checks without having to leave the home.
That’s the 5 simple tips, really so, Brushing. Diet. Chews and Toys. Dental Treatment and Keep Yourself Up Skilled Up.
If you notice something, get on top of it quickly and don’t take any chances.
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Let’s treat our dogs well by not overlooking their dental care, it’s too easy, even humans do it to themselves.
If you haven’t started to take this seriously now is the time to review this information and check your German Shepherd dog’s teeth and take the necessary action to keep them healthy.
So that’s the five simple tricks to maintain healthy teeth and gums in your German Shepherd.
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