Did you know that February is Pet Dental Health Month? This is a wonderful time to turn your attention to your furry friend’s oral health. Just like people, pets can be afflicted by a wide variety of painful dental problems. In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, a Cypress, TX veterinarian discusses this important aspect of pet care.
Common Dental Problems
Our furry friends can have many of the same problems with their teeth as we can. Gum disease is very common, and is much more dangerous than you might think. The infection can travel from your pet’s mouth to vital organs, and can contribute to serious health conditions. Pets can also suffer from broken, cracked, infected, or misaligned teeth; infections; and other issues.
Bad breath is one of the most common signs of dental woes in our furry friends. Furballs with dental trouble may also lose interest in playing, and start favoring soft foods. Ropy, stringy, or excessive drool can also indicate dental issues. Visible tartar buildup or swelling are more red flags. Reduced appetite and even weight loss can also be symptomatic of dental problems.
There are several things you can do to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Brushing is the best option, assuming your furry pal will stand for it. Start gradually to get your furkid used to it. Be sure to use only products made for animals. If your pet won’t sit still for brushing, ask your vet about switching to dental-formula kibble and/or treats. Also, make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, clean water at all times, and avoid indulging your four-legged friend with fatty treats and snacks. Dogs and pocket pets should also have appropriate chew toys.
If your pet shows any signs of dental issues, a veterinary examination is certainly in order. Your vet can remove unsightly tartar buildup, which will fight bacteria and gum disease and improve your furball’s dragon breath. Other issues, such as broken or loose teeth, will be handled on a case-by-case basis. It’s also worth noting that problems that can affect your pet’s health or well-being are the main concern when it comes to pets’ dental care, rather than cosmetic issues.
Do you know or suspect that your furry pal needs dental care? We are here to help! Contact Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cypress, TX animal clinic, today!