February is National Pet Dental Health Month, a reminder to check out your pet’s dental health. Just like humans, pets benefit with good oral care. While these articles talk about Fluffy, Rover will also benefit. Animals use their mouth for grooming and manipulation as well as for eating. Mouth pain can not only keep an animal from eating, but from grooming herself properly.
Fluffy may or may not show obvious pain with dental disease. Therefore, it’s important that you’re aware of these possible symptoms so that you can get her the professional care she needs. If Fluffy is already showing any of these signs, call your vet today and ask about a dental check-up.
- Bad breath
- Drooling, often with foul-smelling saliva
- Appearance of plaque and tartar
- Reduced appetite or reluctance to eat
- “Chattering teeth” especially in cats
- Tooth loss – other than the normal baby teeth
- Lethargy or listlessness
- Discolored teeth
- Broken/fractured teeth
- Swelling and/or draining would below the eye, especially in dogs
Prevention is the means to maintaining good dental health. The adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly fits the bill when speaking of pet oral hygiene. Have your pet’s teeth evaluated at their regular vet checkup and talk to your pet about the importance of starting a good dental care program at home.
Tune in tomorrow, where we’ll talk about how to brush Fluffy’s teeth.