Poor care for a dogs teeth can have huge implications for the health of your pet.
The importance of good dental hygiene cannot be overstated.
Dogs, like people, can get gingivitis (inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria) and can suffer from decay and lose teeth without proper care. Gingivitis is a primary cause of bad breath in canines.
When the greyhound is admitted to be neutered by our vets, they will do a thorough teeth cleaning. Once this has been done, maintenance is down to you. Regular chews, raw bones and dental treats (available from pet stores) will help with some of the plaque build-up, however brushing their teeth is the most effective form of dental care. Some dogs will let you brush their teeth straight away, however, others will need to have their confidence built up.
You can do this in stages:
Regular attention to the mouth will save money for you and pain for your dog later.
Check your greyhound’s teeth and gums regularly and seek veterinary advice if in doubt.
The following is an official leaflet about dental care for greyhounds by the governing body of racing; the British Greyhound Racing Board: