Is your furball suffering from some seriously rank breath? As a Pommy Mommy, that’s really the least of your concerns when it comes to poor dental hygiene—although it can certainly be an unpleasant experience for the owner of a small breed. Poor dental hygiene leads to bigger problems than just smelly breath, and side effects from bad dental health can be as serious as potentially fatal infection. With that in mind, you can see why it’s so terribly important to provide regular dental care for your Pomeranian.
Why Your Pomeranian’s Dental Care is So Important
All-day, every day, plaque is building on on your pup’s teeth. As humans, we deal with this buildup with regular brushing and flossing, plus annual professional cleanings. It’s not as easy to take care of your Pom’s teeth with this same strict regime, but it’s important to do your best. If you don’t take care of the plaque, it will turn into tartar, a hard substance that is more difficult to take care of. A buildup of tartar will eat away at the enamel of your little pup’s teeth and cause them to rot. This can cause oral infections that can potentially travel to other parts of the body and may cause your pup to get very sick. In order to prevent this, you need to provide excellent dental care for your Pomeranian.
The Necessary Steps of Pommy Dental Care
While providing your pup with chew toys and dental treats can’t hurt the condition of your Pom’s teeth, it’s not enough to prevent tartar and decay. In addition to these supplemental tools, you need to create a strict routine of at-home dental care by brushing your Pom’s teeth as often as once a day. For tips on how to begin brushing your pup’s teeth, check out our post here.
However, to be sure that your Pommy is safe from any major dental decay and infections, it’s also extremely important to have your furball’s teeth checked and cleaned by professionals once or twice a year. When you bring your Pommy into the vet for a dental exam and cleaning, your vet will look for any potential issues with your Pom’s dental health, and then take care of any problems. They will do a physical exam and may also take x-rays in order to get a complete picture of your pup’s dental health. The physical exam allows them to find major tartar buildups, while the x-ray can show things under the gums, like infection, abscesses, or dead teeth.
Your sweet Pommy needs to have their teeth checked annually or biannually, depending on their condition. Talk to your vet about what type of dental care routine you need to create for your Pom, including at-home care and how often you should have their teeth professionally cleaned. By getting these biannual or annual exams and building a strong, consistent relationship with dental care for your Pomeranian, you can help your pup avoid lots of pain and suffering down the road.