Signs of Dental Problems in Pets
You (hopefully) brush your teeth twice daily, and still end up with a dental problem now and then. Your pet? Probably not as fastidious on the oral hygiene as you are. So why be surprised that your four-legged friend has dental issues?
Did you know that dogs are about five times more likely to get gum disease than humans are, or that the majority of them do by their third birthday? Your pet may already be suffering from dental problems. Understand the signs that your pet may need dental work to alleviate minor issues before they become large ones.
- Bad Breath: Your pet’s mouth isn’t going to smell like rosebushes if you put your nose into it, of course. By the same token, it shouldn’t be stinking up the room. Bad breath is one of the most common signals that your dog or cat is having dental problems.
- Changes in Eating Patterns: Most pets aren’t picky eaters, so if yours suddenly loses interest in food, or avoids one type of food in favor of another one where he didn’t before, it may be a sign that his teeth or gums are hurting.
Tartar Buildup: If you’re a typical pet owner, you’re probably not peeling back your animal’s lips to inspect her mouth. You should be. A visual inspection of your pup or kitty’s mouth can reveal yellow tartar and plaque accumulating along the gums. If her teeth are collecting plaque, it’s time for a cleaning.
- Bleeding or Inflamed Gums: It’s probably a no-brainer, but if you notice your pet’s gums are bleeding, angry or inflamed, it’s a sign it’s time to visit the vet. Of course, you may not know until you take a peek inside your pet’s mouth.
- Drool: Some dogs may drool occasionally. That’s normal. But if drool frequency and volume increase suddenly (or your cat stars drooling), it’s often a sign that teeth or gums are bothering him.
Like dental care is an essential part of your healthcare, it should be a staple of your pet’s veterinary care. Call Aspen Grove Veterinary Care to schedule your pet’s visit today.