Dental Care for All Life Stages: Geriatric

By February 9, 2016Pet Talk

Now that your pooch has made it to the wonderful golden years, their dental care varies from that of a puppy or adult. If you are wondering at what age we consider your pet to be geriatric, it is 7 years of age and older. Here are some tips on how to keep those pearly whites shining!

  • Continue to brush their teeth and if you haven’t started yet, it is never too late!
  • Check their gums regularly. If notice any redness or swelling, have them checked by a Dr. immediately.
  • We have said it before and we will say it again: Bad breath is NOT normal, it is a sign of disease! That being said, if those sweet and slobbery kisses are not smelling so sweet, bring them in to make sure there is not an issue.
  • Annual exams are even more important during this time. Did you know that doing bloodwork once a year is the same as us getting it done every 7 years?! That’s how much their bodies are changing. Just like when we age, they can be more prone to tooth loss and infection. Be sure to schedule annual examinations with your Veterinarian! It could make the difference between a full smile or a toothless one from your pet!

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