Older German Shepherds often suffer from bad teeth and related health issues. As dogs age, just as humans age, their teeth start to become more brittle and less functional. You may start to notice as your German shepherd ages that he has lost some teeth or that some of his formerly pristine teeth have become chipped, broken, or have started to decay.
Keep in mind that your dog does not have hands that he can use to pick things up. His teeth are imperative not just for eating and grooming, but also for a range of everyday activities.
Take a look at your German Shepherds teeth
In order to prevent your dog from developing a serious problem, you will want to be aware of what you can do to keep his teeth healthy. First, take a look at his teeth. He should have teeth all along the length of both of his jaws.
There should be two longer canines on both the top and bottom jaws, at the front of his mouth. German shepherds have some serious bite power and extremely strong jaws, but this does not mean that he will not potentially have issues with his jaw.
German Shepherd plaque issues
Plaque is one of the most common issues, just as it is in humans. This manifests itself as yellow or brown patches on the teeth. Gingivitis is particularly common in German shepherds, especially those that only eat canned food and never eat any hard food. Over time, this may evolve into periodontal disease.
Keeping your aging Shepherds teeth healthy
What can be done to help keep your German shepherd’s teeth healthy? Brushing your dog’s teeth is one of the best ways, as is feeding your shepherd a high quality dry food. Not only will they enjoy the crunch, these hard pieces of food will help clean teeth, as will giving them something to chew on like rawhide. I hope you learned something about old German Shepherds teeth health.