As a loving pet parent, it’s frustrating to think that your furry friend might be in pain and unable to tell you, but that’s often the case when pets have dental disease. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in dogs and cats, and by three years of age, nearly all canines and felines have it to some degree. But since they can’t tell you, how will you know? Regular dental exams are the only way to ensure that dental disease is discovered and properly treated, but between visits, here are some signs to watch for.
Bad breath and plaque and tartar buildup on teeth can occur in both dogs and cats with dental issues. In addition, dogs may favor soft food and toys over crunchy treats or chewy toys, have poorly chewed food, increased salivation and rub or paw at the face. Cats sometimes drool, have food fall out of their mouth when eating, nasal discharge, facial swelling, decreased activity and a diminished appetite.
If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet pal, schedule a visit with us right away. Even though we pet parents see the dentist regularly for checkups, we sometimes have problems that crop up between visits requiring treatment for both