Pomeranian Tooth Care

by Amy M. Armstrong, Demand Media Google
    Bad breath can indicate tooth trouble for a Pomeranian.

    Bad breath can indicate tooth trouble for a Pomeranian.

    Your Pomeranian pup can't brush his teeth himself, so it's your responsibility to get the job done. This is especially important for this breed of dog; the VetInfo website indicates Pomeranian teeth are prone to tartar buildup and cavities.

    Start Young

    A Pomeranian's teeth need care from an early age, according to the Pomeranian Information Center. The age of 3 months is an ideal time to begin training a puppy for teeth-brushing. But your first step toward this endeavor does not include a toothbrush. Rather, check the pup's teeth using your fingers, letting your growing friend get used to having his teeth examined.
    Next, after a couple weeks of establishing this routine, add a specialty puppy toothbrush or soft child's toothbrush topped off with a treat the pup will enjoy. A small piece of cheese or a sardine makes an excellent option, according to Pomeranian Dental Care.
    Again, the next step toward full teeth brushing could take a couple of weeks. However, once your canine friend is comfortable with the presence of the toothbrush in his mouth, add puppy toothpaste to the routine, and do some brushing. Always reward the young canine with verbal praise and another treat to reinforce acceptance of tooth brushing.

    Monitor Progress

    The teeth of a Pomeranian puppy change significantly at about 4 months of age, which according to PetPlace.com is right in line with what other breeds experience. Some pups begin losing their baby teeth this early and adult teeth begin to show. Others don't begin the process until 7 to 8 months of age. Due to the variation and the fact that often the puppy teeth of Pomeranians don't fall out naturally, extraction is sometimes required to prevent compaction as adult teeth try to emerge. Monitoring the progression of your pup's teeth goes a long way toward preventing long-term dental problems.

    What Toothpaste

    While it is tempting to share your toothpaste with your four-legged friend, it isn't a good idea. While the concept of removing plaque buildup for a dog is similar to that applied in human teeth brushing, the dental needs of a dog differ. A doggie toothpaste that contains antibacterial enzymes specifically formulated for canine dental needs is the best choice for care of a Pomeranian's teeth. Plus, the flavors of human toothpaste cause most dogs to revolt again brushing.

    Professional Cleaning

    Professional doggie dental care doesn't differ much from that recommended for humans. In its specific recommendations for the care of Pomeranians and their teeth, the Animal Shelter website indicates a yearly professional cleaning by a veterinarian with dental training helps maintain proper care. Many small-animal clinics now offer dental services as a part of routine yearly health exams.

    About the Author

    Amy M. Armstrong is a former community news journalist with more than 15 years of experience writing features and covering school districts. She has received more than 40 awards for excellence in journalism and photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Washington State University. Armstrong grew up on a dairy farm in western Washington and wrote agricultural news while in college.

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