Florida Chihuahua owner Melanie B. recently discovered that her 10 year old dog Rosie started having dental issues. She learned this at a routine trip to the vet.
"The vet said she has a lot of tartar on her teeth and that little dogs' teeth can go bad quickly," Melanie said.
The treatment was to anesthetize Rosie and while her teeth were cleaned. Like many dogs, Rosie gets snappy and uncomfortable when strangers go near her mouth.
"For after-care, he gave us toothpaste and a toothbrush that you put on your finger," Melanie explained, also noting that it's difficult to brush Rosie's teeth because of the Chihuahua's small size.
Chihuahua dental care is something Chihuahua owners should consider saving for. Each thorough cleaning or procedure can cost hundreds of dollars.
"We bought the pet plan, but it was around $220," Melanie said.
While all dogs need dental cleaning, you can minimize your Chihuahua's risk for major dental problems.
At-home brushing: Let your dog lick and smell the toothbrush and dog toothpaste. Get her used to your hands in and near her mouth before brushing.
Balanced diet: Too much human food, sweets and treats can be bad for a Chihuahua's teeth. Consult your vet to determine the best type of food for your dog's dietary needs and dental health.
Wellness visits: Like people, pets should go to the vet at least once a year when they're healthy. During this visit, your dog's vet will examine his teeth.
This post was originally published on Examiner.com as Chihuahua Examiner. Republished with permission of the author.