Q. My dog is a 17 year old Shit tzu. His gums are bleeding. What should I do? He has poor dental health. It looks like he might have Periodontal Disease

A. The best thing you can do at this stage is take him in to have a good dental cleaning by a veterinarian offering dental services. Some extractions may be required depending on the state of the teeth. Things to help in the future are brushing his teeth regularly and give him things such as bully sticks that help act as a toothbrush while safely enjoying a tasty treat at the same time. Lastly, some pet products claim to help dental health in the form of sprays, gels, or water additives. These can be helpful to help maintain healthy teeth once a good cleaning has been achieved by a professional who will likely have to scrape underneath the gums.

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