Dental problems and diseases are the unseen harbingers of pain in our pets. Puppies and kittens should see the vet every year from the time they're six months old. There are several causes of pet dental problems, and we are here to help you with them.
When our pets turn away from their food (or ours) we know something's wrong. We don't always understand why their breath smells awful, so we don't think it's a symptom of something. However, we panic when we see blood. Other symptoms of dental problems are:
If your pet becomes irritable, doesn't play, or develops sleep problems, then get him to a vet immediately.
Some pet parents don't think about their pets needing dental care. If they chew their food, then they need their teeth to be checked out. Some causes for dental problems are:
Periodontal disease in pets is the most common problem in our pets. Just like their pet parents, pets get plaque and tartar on their teeth. When it gets under the gums, it causes periodontal disease. There, it causes damage to the jawbone and the soft tissues of the jaw.
Dental care begins at home with your pets. Brushing your pet's teeth between visits to is the best thing you can do. It keeps the plaque and tartar at bay and could mean fewer dental cleanings from the vet. Dogs don't usually mind teeth brushing, but cats can be a little trickier. We understand brushing your pet's teeth is not for every family, so there are also some other options! There are dental chews, and we can help direct you to those recommended, as well as water additives or even a general diet better for dental health. Contact us today.