Dogs Teeth Bleeding Chewing Rawhide – Treatment And Causes of Gingivitis
A dog’s gums bleeding is Gingivitis. Gingivitis is reversible with simply tooth brushing and regular care and attention. Try brush your dogs teeth daily but if that frequency causes any issues for you or your dog then every other day is also effective.
If your dog appears to be in pain while you are brushing then this would be a sensible time to seek advice from your vet. Try not to confuse a dogs’ natural dislike to teeth brushing with pain however. Most dogs dislike the process of having their teeth brushed and will frequently turn away their head to avoid it. A dog acting with anxiety rather than normal dislike behaviour may be suffering pain. Use common sense and if in any doubt then speak to your vet.
Gingivitis is extremely common and around 80% of dogs over the age of 3 years old will have this disease. Most dogs will show signs of plaque on their teeth and there may be some redness of the gums.
Getting Your Dog Used To Teeth Brushing:
The gingival is a pocket where the gums are located. Bacteria grows within this narrow area and over time Gingivitis starts to set in. Since the main trigger for Gingivitis is plaque, it makes great sense to take care of your dogs teeth regarding the removal of plaque. Even if plaque is not present then dental care is important to reduce the bacteria growth which eventually leads to Gingivitis.
We we all know that dogs love to chew, so if you do see any traces of blood while your dog is chewing rawhide (or any other hard chew such as bone), then start to take this seriously and look to introduce some regular teeth brushing.
Prevention of course is better than the cure. So it’s never too soon to start brushing your dogs teeth. To assist your dogs’ natural dislike of having his teeth brushed it’s a good idea to start very gradually with very short sessions. Build up the duration of these sessions over a 2 week period until your dog accepts this new procedure.
Dog Dental Examination:
It can also be a good idea occasionally to give your dog non-rawhide chews. Rawhide is not particularly good for a dogs digestion if large pieces are swallowed. So maybe try the softer non-rawhide chews for general health reasons. This doesn’t stop the need for dental care, it’s simply a good extra piece of advice.