can travel via the bloodstream to other parts of a dog's body including the heart, liver, kidneys and brain causing major organ disease.
5) Infection in the sinus cavities -
Without the use of a great toothpaste and brush and the use of those items, when infection settles into the upper jaw, it can create pockets of pus that reach into the dog's nasal cavities. This can cause chronic sneezing and nasal discharge.
6) Trouble with chewing and eating-
If a Pomeranian survives the various infections and survives the loss of teeth, that older Pom will have trouble eating. A senior Pom without his teeth will struggle to maintain a healthy weight.
All of this is applicable to puppies as well. Issues will affect the roots of the milk teeth and the entire jaw structure that will hold the dog's adult set of teeth. Decay can travel to the teeth that are waiting to emerge.
Overview of Toothpaste for Pomeranians
Here we will discuss why just grabbing a random paste from the shelves of your local pet supply store or using your own paste is not what you want to do.
Why can't I use human toothpaste for my Pomeranian?
The use of canine paste is not a marketing scheme. There are several important reasons why you should never use your own toothpaste for your Pom. It all comes back to the fact that dogs cannot spit out the foam and bubbles.
95% of all human toothpaste contains sodium fluoride. This is extremely toxic to dogs. And your Pom does not need to swallow a lot of it to become dangerously poisoned. Toxic effects occur at less than ONE milligram per kilogram. Fatal poisoning occurs at a dosage of 5 milligrams per kilogram. Importantly, it gets absorbed FAST.
At very small levels, over time, there will be staining, mottling and a wearing down of the teeth.
It will also affect the development of the skeletal system of growing puppies. There will be abnormal bony growths and a thickening of tissue throughout the body that causes sclerosis.
What will happen if your Pomeranian swallows a good amount of your toothpaste?
If it is part of the 95% that contains sodium fluoride, the stomach and intestines will become inflamed. The dog's heart will beat rapidly. Without intervention, the Pom can collapse and die within hours.
Many types of toothpaste are sweetened with xylitol. This is found in many, including some that are label 'all natural' and even some whitening brands. It is very dangerous for a puppy or dog to swallow any food or product with xylitol. In canines, ingestion of > 0.1 gram/kg can cause an acute, life-threatening low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) within 10-15 minutes. Additionally, it can cause severe liver disease.