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Don’t wait until signs of dental


and gum disease are obvious


— and painful! Check your


dog’s mouth and teeth.


● Check your dog’s mouth by holding the lower jaw with one hand and
lifting up the lower and upper lips with the other. Look along the gums
and teeth on both sides.
● Open the mouth and inspect as much as you can of the inside of the
mouth and tongue.

MOT


Give your dog an


PASS FAIL SEEK URGENT VET ADVICE


KEY:


PART 2: TEETH AND MOUTH CHECK


New

series

NOT SURE?
If something isn’t quite right — even if you can’t quite
put your i nger on what is wrong — consult your vet.
It’s always better to err on the side of caution.

Healthy teeth and
gums will put a smile
on your dog’s face!

GUMS
Moist.
Salmon pink
in colour.
Inl amed and
sore-looking.
Ulcers.
Bleeding.
Slow capillary rei ll time.
Pale, red, blue, or
yellow-tinged.
If the gums are pigmented,
check the membranes of the
eyes instead.

If you press the tip of a i nger
against the gum, it should
go momentarily pale, and
then return to normal colour
within one or two seconds of
releasing the pressure.
Dry or tacky feeling gums
may be an indication of
dehydration.

DID YOU KNOW?

LIPS
Clean and supple.

Cracked or crusty.
Cuts.
Smelly.
Inl amed or discharge.
Breeds with slack lower lips have a tendency to drool, but any
more than usual may be a sign of fear, stress, and conditions
such as dental pain or a foreign object stuck in the mouth.

Tartar can build up
on your dog’s teeth.

20 Your Dog May 2019

Dogs use their lips, tongue,
and teeth in the same way
as we would our hands, to
explore and i nd out more
about new objects.

DID YOU KNOW?

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