With Halloween at the end of the month, we are focused on putting up scary decorations, finishing costumes, carving pumpkins, or stocking up on candy to give out, and maybe have a few pieces ourselves. The extra sugar rush will no doubt have parents concerned that their kids will not only be up all night, but also worried about what the sweets will do to their teeth. But it’s not just our human kids we should worry about. Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health as well.
Your pet’s dental health is a good indicator of their overall health. Dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems, and therefore it’s important to have your pet’s teeth and gums checked at least once a year by your veterinarian. This will help in mitigating problems early.
Regular Cleaning is a Must
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When Brushing Isn't Enough
Have your pet’s teeth checked sooner if you observe any of the following problems: • Bad breath • Broken or loose teeth • Extra teeth or retained baby teeth • Discolored or teeth covered in tartar • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat • Pain in or around the mouth • Bleeding from the mouth • Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth • Some pets become irritable when they have dental problems, and any changes in your pet’s behavior should prompt a visit to your veterinarian. Always be careful when evaluating your Pet’s mouth, because a painful animal may bite.
It's Not Just Your Pet
You can brush every day, get your pet’s teeth cleaned professionally on a regular basis, and still see dental problems like periodontal disease.
In fact, it’s likely that by the time your pet is 3 years old, he or she will have some early evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older if preventive measures aren’t taken. The disease is caused by plaque building up over time and turning into tartar.
Catching any issues early on and then treating them is critical. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet and impact organs including kidney, liver, and heart muscle changes.
So, like children our beloved pets need help keeping their tiny teeth clean in order to stay healthy. You can brush every day, get your pet’s teeth cleaned professionally on a regular basis, and still see dental problems like periodontal disease.