Your pet’s dental health is vital to their health and well-being. Did you know by the age of 3 or 4 most pets already show some signs of dental disease? You know your pet, so when something seems off let us have a look. Here are some common things to look out for:
• Your pet shouldn’t have bad breath.
• You see them pawing at their mouth more than normal.
• Sore teeth and gums make it difficult to eat leading to other health concerns.
• Your pet’s gums can tell you a lot about. Red or inflamed gums can be a concern.
• Brown teeth can be a sign that they are not getting cleaned well or that something else is going on.
• Pets that drool or drop food while eating could be struggling with a sore mouth. If you observe that happening contact us for an evaluation.
Signs of HEALTHY TEETH
• When you look in your pet’s mouth their teeth look clean.
• There is no bad odor.
• There are no loose teeth.
• There is no evidence of swollen or bleeding gums.
5 DIY things you can do at home
1. Feeding your pet crunchy food can help clean their teeth and gums.
2. Providing chew toys will help with cleaning
3. Give your pet dental treats regularly, if approved for their diet. Ask us about getting started on ORAVET Dental Chews!
4. Start brushing when they are young and brush their teeth regularly. Just like regular tooth brushing is important for us it is just as important for your pet. We don’t think you should try twice daily brushing for your pet (you might get bit! Haha) but weekly would be good.
5. Make sure your pet has an annual dental and checkup. When it’s time to have your pet’s annual checkup and dental evaluation, remember to mention any of the things you learned here. You may think something going on may be unimportant but could be a key factor for us!