Teeth are a concern with all toy
breeds. They have a much higher rate of decay and gingivitis than
other breeds. Whether it be genetic or what we choose to feed our
dogs, it is something we must keep a watchful eye on as to not have
infections develop and the removal of many teeth due to this. We
tend to feed the toy breeds a more moist meal. This is important to
small puppies that don't eat well or might be experiencing
hypoglycemia but a dry kibble or dry treat is essential to help keep
down tartar on the teeth.
Many toy breeds have a tendency to
retain their puppy teeth when their second teeth are cutting in. You
must watch that this doesn't interfere with the way the second teeth
are coming in or impair the bite of the dog. You can have your vet
remove these extra teeth (usually the canines). Your dog will have
to be put under anesthesia to remove these teeth so if at all
possible you want to wait as close to a year as you can. Many times
these teeth will come out on their own by then but again, you have
to be sure that it isn't interfering with the dogs ability to close
its mouth properly.
There are new
things that breeders are using on their dogs to help with the tartar
on the dogs teeth. Do your research on anything that you might be
giving to your dog. What might work for one dog may not for another
and any medications, vitamins or herbal treatments should be
thoroughly researched before administration to your dog.
many products out there to brush your dogs teeth. These may be
purchased at your local pet supply store. Your vet may carry
something for brushing your dogs teeth as well.
method you use, you should use something to insure proper dental
health for your dog.