Any pet can get vulnerable to dental troubles, and so can your Yorkie! Are you looking for ways to keep your Yorkie out of it?
The first and foremost thing that you can do in this case is to take the little one to a vet, no matter even if you have taken it from the best of the breeders.
Since Yorkshire Terriers are extremely susceptible to bacterial and viral infections, they tend to have a lower life span than usual, if affected by any! The dental disorder is thus, one of the most common chronic problems in pets and almost 80% of them get affected by it.
Your Yorkshire Terrier is more likely to have such problems, bad luck! Starting from that of the tartar build-up to that of infections spread to that of gums and roots of the teeth, your pet may end up having kidney, heart or liver disease and joint aches too!
This is mostly because dogs’ teeth are more alkaline than that of humans, thereby making it prone to plaque formation. In severe cases, you must know that there is a thin line between gum disease and canine heart disease, even leading to inflamed heart valves and congestive heart disorder.
I had suffered quite a lot with my Yorkie before I could actually figure out the things that bothered it so long.
Once I could actually make out the things by taking help from online articles and taking guidance from all my acquaintances who have pets, I thought of compiling all of them together. So here is it with a detailed guide of all the things that you would need to think of while taking note of your pup’s dental care!
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What are the common dental problems?
Yorkies are too susceptible to dental complications. While some of the issues are genetic, others are caused due to the small age of the pet.
Double tooth syndrome
Guess how many teeth Yorkies have? Of course, more than you! They usually have two sets of teeth – 28 baby teeth and 42 permanent teeth.
Vets usually recommend removing these extra teeth to prevent dental troubles. If you don’t, that extra teeth will cause gum disease, dental decay and tooth loss.
This would make you helpless as you will see your Yorkie dizzying in pain all throughout the day right before your eyes. Periodontal disease may cause your symptoms like bad odour, bleeding gums, and nasal discharge. You would see your Yorkie chewing on one side of the mouth and having difficulty in picking up the kibble.
Early tooth loss
Premature tooth loss is quite common in Yorkies suffering from dental troubles. Thus, you will feel bad to see your Yorkie lacking the energy that it would otherwise, used to have! In the worst cases, it may even lead to gastrointestinal issues.
Common symptoms to see that your Yorkie is suffering from the periodontal disease:
· Loose teeth
· Trouble in picking up the foods
· Blood in the chew toys
· Halitosis (Bad odour from the mouth)
· Bloody saliva
· Using just one side of the teeth
· Sneezing or nasal discharge
Brushing your Yorkie’s teeth very carefully is one of the first thing that you can do! Your pet may not like doing so on a regular basis but trust me, once you are going to help it out, things will fall in place quite easily and your doggy is sure to catch it up with time.
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Dental Care Tips for your Yorkshire Terrier
Do you think that an annual dental visit will be enough to take care of your Yorkie’s teeth? Certainly not! When it isn’t enough for you and me, how would it be for such a little one! Well, here are a few dental care tips that you may count:
Start when it’s young
It gets really difficult to tame your dog when it’s an adult. Start training it when it is still young and small. This will help it to adapt the entire technique quite easily and quickly. Once it grows old, your Yorkie will find it difficult to co-operate with your sudden and unusual behaviour.
Practice putting your fingers inside your pup’s mouth
Though it seems nice and easy, you will be able to understand it all once you start with the process. You will be able to address the whole procedure only after you are able to put your fingers into its mouth properly without its biting you.
This, certainly, needs a lot of practice. Try to understand its reaction by following them up properly. Once you find it struggling or trying to escape from you, it might be because you are going too fast which indeed isn’t a good sign at all.
Choosing the right tool
Opt for either a baby brush or go for the one that is specially designed for the dogs. A toothbrush with a long-handle and dual-ended bristles will be a good deal.
One of the bristles is meant to clean the back teeth and the other one is usually used to clean the smaller teeth at the front. Also, you may use a finger toothbrush. See which of them does your Yorkie prefers!
Pick the right toothpaste
Always ensure going through the list of ingredients once you confirm about picking up a toothpaste which most people usually skip doing. Prefer avoiding fluorides as they may harm your dog’s health if swallowed.
Instead, go for the enzyme formulas that would treat the plaque right! If you still have got confusion, go to your nearest pet store and you are sure to find out a solution for it.
Besides, their preference to it matters and you should take a note of it as well. Give a tiny sample of the toothpaste at first, and wait to see whether or not they are actually comfortable with it. Make sure that they don’t fear the sight of the toothbrush right at the first go!
The right technique is important
Take your Yorkie on your lap at first and then with start to brush its teeth with a gentle, circular motion. Do all of that very patiently.
Start with sessions that last for just a couple of seconds and once you see your Yorkie getting comfortable to the entire process, stretch it up to a minute or more.
Let it adjust to things at first! Give extra attention to the upper molar teeth and the canines as these are the usual locations where bacteria tend to make their homes. Rub the brush on the gums as well.
Give chew toys
Chew toys and synthetic bones, rawhide, pigs ears, or Nylabones that can remove the plaque from your pup’s teeth naturally. It would even help your dog to have stronger bones and gum.
Check for the plaque
Though you cannot be an expert enough as a vet, you can still check its mouth. Plaque usually appear to be brown in colour, residing near your pup’s canines.
Brush its teeth and see if those brown residue right at the root of its gum gets removed. In case it doesn’t, bother to reduce the dirt by brushing. If it still stays, take your Yorkie to the vet as early as possible.
A diet that helps!
Half of your health complications come from the kind of foods that you intake and so is it for your pup as well. Having a dental formula with ingredients that go good for your dog’s health is too important and one should definitely take care of it.
Do not allow it to consume table scraps
You cannot just feed anything and everything to your pup. It’s more like a family member to you, and you don’t do anything as such with it, isn’t it?
Many a time, your dog ends up eating table scraps. Make sure that it isn’t doing so!
This is because human foods are often rich in sugar content which isn’t at all healthy for your dog.
Stop Brushing Teeth for a couple of days if your pup isn’t liking it:
Certainly, brushing the teeth on a regular basis has got its own merits but in case you see your dog getting agitated by it, give it a break! Also, ensure offering it a reward after every session.
Note: It’s good that you are caring for your Yorkie’s teeth on a regular basis but it would still be great if you can take your pup to the vet at least once in six or twelve weeks!
What kind of foods would you give to your Yorkie?
When foods can trouble your health, it can consequently treat a lot of disorders too! Give it foods that are rich in proteins and carbohydrates.
Want to feed your Yorkie with human food items? Here’s a list of human food items that you can feed to your Yorkshire Terrier.
Of course, raw meat, lamb, turkey, beef and chicken are going to be absolutely ideal for it and would prove to be beneficial for its overall health as well. Also, count its sensitive stomach while serving.