Taking a proactive approach to your canine oral hygiene and nail care helps maintain optimum health, increases the bond you have with your dog and reinforces your position as confident Pack Leader.
Early signs to watch out for are crud (aka: tartar/calculus) that won't come off with brushing, smelly breath and bleeding gums. These symptoms can lead to oral discomfort, abscess, bone loss and in advanced cases, bacteria can spread through the bloodstream and contribute to kidney, liver and heart damage.
Routine anesthesia dental cleaning can be minimized or even be made entirely unnecessary.
This is easily accomplished by the diligent pet owner through consistent home care, training (for both dog and owner), and with periodic check-ups by our canine dental hygienist.
The benefits are obvious: Your dog has improved health, you learn to recognize and catch oral irregularities before they become major issues and you strengthen the bond you have with your dog... at considerable financial savings.
Trimming nails with clippers tends to remove too much nail (causing pain and bleeding) or not enough nail. This is especially problematic for dogs with black nails.
Inadequate attention to nails can lead to permanent conformation problems, early arthritis and sometimes, serious crippling.
Symptoms to look for are splayed toes, flattened feet, breaking down of pasterns, rear legs carried too far forward and rear locomotion which lacks drive.