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Taking Great Care of Teeth on your Yorkshire Terrier Puppy

leaf One of the issues with Yorkshire terriers that you need to be aware of is the problems that can arise with their teeth. You need to make it a priority to care for them from the time you get one.

With a new puppy you can do your part from the very start. This means they will have the best chance of avoiding tooth problems as they get older.

However, you may get a Yorkshire terrier for free that is older. The owner may not have taken very good care of their teeth.

You can do your part though to start caring for them from the moment you take the dog home. Your veterinarian can help you with this process as well.

For example they can do a complete examination to determine what types of tooth problems may already be present.

It is best to identify them early though so that extractions and full cleanings can be avoided. Yorkies don’t do well under anesthesia which is needed to complete such work at the vet’s office.

Chances are your vet will explain holistic treatment for tooth loss in Yorkshire terriers to you. If you do all you can for your new dog, you will eliminate many of these issues from being something you have to deal with later on. One of the best places to start is with their diet.

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Some individuals assume that these puppies should be fed soft foods. However, this isn’t the case at all. Instead it is important that you use hard dog food.

This will keep the teeth and gums healthy. A bit of soft dog food mixed in is fine for your new puppy. However, you want to eliminate it altogether as soon as you can.

There are also special toothpastes for your puppy that you can use. They taste like beef or chicken so your dog will love them.

Avoid using regular toothpaste on your dog, even those made specifically for children. The fluoride in them can make your dog very ill if they swallow it.

From the time your puppy is little you want it to get used to you brushing its teeth. This should be done at least once a week.

Watch for signs that plaque is building up in any area. If you have such concerns talk to your dentist about it. The perfect type of toothbrush to use is the type that fits right over the tip of your finger. That way you can feel how much pressure you are applying.

A build up of plaque on the teeth of your dog can result in periodontal disease setting in. This will result in the teeth becoming loose and even shifting.

Eventually they will fall out. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can also sometimes get into the blood stream. This can create some serious health problems for your dog including those that affect the heart.

It is your responsibility as the owner of a Yorkshire terrier puppy to take very good care of its teeth. This is a great way to help it live a very long and happy life.

If you find you need to do something special then follow the advice of the vet. Just like people, some dogs have better teeth than others.


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