How to Care for a Toothless Dog

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Once Fido loses his choppers, whether from old age or dental disease, he'll require some special care in feeding. Hard kibble is now out of the question, and your pet may not tolerate standard canned dog food. There are alternatives that provide proper nutrition and are easy for him to consume. For best results, consult your vet about your toothless pal's dietary needs before embarking on a new feeding plan.

Toothless Dog Diet

If your dog was doing well on a canned dog food but it's too tough for him to eat since he lost his teeth, your blender is your friend. Besides pureeing his food to the right consistency, you can add more nutrients to the mix, such as carrots or steamed greens. If pureeing is more mess than you want to clean up once or twice daily, try feeding your dog baby food. It's specifically manufactured for creatures without teeth, and many dogs do well on it. Just ask your vet if there are liquid supplements you should give your dog if his diet consists primarily of human baby food.

Toothless Dog Toys

Just because a dog can't chew doesn't mean he no longer appreciates toys. Of course, chew toys per se are probably not a good idea, although some make fine gumming toys. Without teeth, however, standard dog toys may increase the risk of the animal's choking. Good substitutes include quality plush, stuffed toys. If you're handy, you can chose soft material and whip up a suitable stuffed animal for your pet. Larger balls, the kind he can't carry in his mouth, make good toys if your dog is interested in pushing or batting them around. Other choices include food puzzles filled with minced meats or thick gravy that he can lick up. Rubber food toys filled with peanut butter or a similar substance also provide entertainment.

Dental Implants

If you have the money, you might consider providing your toothless canine friend with dental implants. It's not worth the risk of several sessions of anesthesia if the only reason for the implants is cosmetic. The dog doesn't care that he's toothless, or that his tongue hangs out. However, it is possible that implants can prevent further loss of the dog's jaw bone. If you decide to go this route, take your dog to a board-certified specialist in veterinary dentistry.

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