Dental Health For Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Let’s talk teeth! Most toy breeds have a tendency to get a lot of tarter build-up and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is certainly no exception. We think the biggest culprit is that they don’t chew enough and in fact, we have noticed that our Cavaliers who like to chew always have healthier teeth and gums than the ones that don’t. Naturally, having a good supply of engaging chew toys is a must and well, it may save a table leg or two!
We also highly recommend that new puppy parents begin brushing their Cavalier’s teeth at an early age … not only to get them accustomed to the process, but to avoid those costly veterinarian bills for anesthesia and a dental cleaning that will surely come if they don’t. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in dogs and in fact, 80% of dogs show some signs of gum disease by the tender age of 3 … a frightening statistic because canine periodontal disease can not only lead to tooth loss, but to serious infections that can spread to internal organs.
The simplest and most effective way to safeguard your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from the ill effects of poor dental health is by brushing his or her teeth frequently, even daily if you are able. If that sounds intimidating or you are concerned that regimented teeth-brushing won’t be accepted by your pet, we have provided an excellent video resource for you below. In it, Dr. Sheldon Rubin, speaking for the American Veterinary Medical Association, provides excellent step-by-step instructions on how to teach a dog (or cat) to tolerate (and dare we hope, enjoy) daily tooth brushing!