Your pet’s oral health is an essential aspect of their wellbeing. Pet owners should take special care to make sure their pet’s teeth are in tip-top shape! We recommend getting your pet’s teeth and gums checked at least once a year. Not only will this ensure that your pet’s teeth are in the optimal state to maintain their diet and nutrition, but it will also help stave off things like bad breath or behavioral changes (a pet that is in pain may be a pet that bites!).
Here are some common problems that may arise when it comes to your pet’s oral health:
- Cavities, broken teeth and/or roots
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Fractured or injured jaw
- Palate defects (cleft palates, for example)
- Infected teeth or abscesses
- Cysts or tumors
- Malocclusion, or misalignment of the bite
How often should I get my pet’s oral health checked?
We recommend at least once a year.
I’m not sure if my pet needs veterinary dental care. What should I look for when it comes to my pet’s oral health?
Great question! Some symptoms are obvious, such as bad breath, a broken tooth, discolored teeth, red or swollen gums, etc., but some symptoms may be less obvious than others, as sometimes your pet may become irritable or you may see a change in behavior with no apparent cause. Anytime this happens, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
Some less obvious signs may include:
- Retained baby teeth
- Abnormal chewing, or dropping food from the mouth while eating
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth\
If you suspect something may be wrong, always take extra caution when examining your pet’s mouth or teeth. Remember, if your pet is in pain, they may be more susceptible to biting.
Will my pet need anesthesia for dental care?
In some instances, yes, your pet will need anesthesia to perform certain dental treatment/procedures. This is done to keep your pet calm and still these instances.
If you’re looking for more information regarding veterinary dental care, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our helpful staff is eager to answer any and all questions you may have.
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