Dental disease is a common problem that both dogs and cats suffer from. In fact, up to 80% of all dogs and 70% of all cats contract this very painful disease before they are three years old. Many pet owners have no idea that their pet is suffering from this condition. Unlike humans who get to brush their teeth on a daily basis, dogs and cats do not. Also many pet owners don’t buy the foods or treats necessary to keep their pets teeth and mouth healthy. Below are some warning signs that any vet will advise you to be on the lookout for.
Common Signs of Dental Disease
In between veterinarian visits we suggest that pet owners look for these signs that would indicate the onset of a dental disease.
- Very bad breath.
- Gums that are red, swollen or bleeding.
- Refusal to eat.
- Tartar build-up on the teeth that is brown or yellow in color.
- Excessive drooling and pawing at the mouth.
- Acting depressed or sad.
Dental Issues are Serious Issues
If your dog or cat shows signs of dental disease it is very important that you see your vet soon. While at Pets First Animal Hospital make sure to bring up dental disease even if you have seen no signs of dental disease. Prevention of this sometimes deadly disease is highly important. The bacteria in your dog’s mouth can get into their bloodstream damaging the kidneys, heart, lungs and liver. This can even sometimes lead to death. A quick visual inspection can determine if there is an infection and blood work will let us know how far the infection has gone. So make sure to be proactive about your pet’s oral health and make an appointment today! Our staff will teach you tricks to caring for your pet’s teeth at home.