5 Signs that Your Pet Has a Dental Problem

5 Signs that Your Pet Has a Dental Problem

It's not uncommon for pet parents to overlook dental issues in their beloved fur babies. Cats and dogs don't always make it readily apparent that dental issues are present, which makes it all the more important to keep a watchful eye for problems with teeth or gums. Because dental issues in pets can become quite serious, you'll want to seek a veterinarian's help when you first notice symptoms of a problem. Here's a look at five signs that your pet is experiencing dental trouble.

Bad Breath

Shortly after a meal, your pet's breath might stink because of what they ate. But if their bad breath is persistent, then there's reason to suspect that there is an unhealthy level of plaque and/or bacteria present. When an animal's breath smells truly rotten, gum disease could be an issue. Gum disease needs to be dealt with promptly because it is linked to major problems such as tooth loss, as well as diseases of the heart, kidney, and liver.

Inflamed/Bleeding Gums

This could indicate gum disease. With these symptoms, your pet's teeth are likely due for a deep cleaning, and there's also a chance that teeth will need to be pulled.

Yellow Teeth

Yellow and brown spots on teeth are usually due to plaque buildup. This should be taken care of during a vet dental visit. Then, to keep it from building back up, you'll want to use the toothpaste recommended by your vet. Dental treats can also help prevent plaque.

Abnormal Eating Habits

Symptoms associated with gum disease could make it uncomfortable for your pet to chew, causing them to eat less than usual. A change in eating habits could also be due to other medical issues that should be brought to a vet's attention, such as digestive trouble or an intestinal obstruction.

Strange Growths

If you are good about brushing your pet's teeth, then you'll be more likely to notice if there is an abnormal growth. In case this is a significant issue, such as a tumor, you'll want to have a vet take a look.

If your pet needs professional dental care, be sure to visit a reputable vet clinic. For a veterinarian in Medley, Hialeah, and Miami, FL, contact the experts at Animal General Hospital at (786) 288-5736. Feel free to give us a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your pet's health needs!

Posted: December 10, 2020