Dental Pain can be a real problem for our pets. They cannot tell you when they are suffering from a toothache or other signs of pain. So, we need to be on the lookout for indications that our pets may be have a problem. If you notice any of the following signs, you need to get your pet evaluated.
1. No Signs At All. These can be a tough one. But, dogs, cats and other companion animals (such as rabbits) rarely show signs of dental pain. This is part of our domesticated pets survival mechanism from their wild ancestors.
2. Bad Breath. The odor is a byproduct of the bacterial metabolic process. In pets with periodontal disease, there are more bacterial in the mouth. So, the odor increases. “Doggy Breath” or “Tuna Breath” is not normal and needs to be evaluated.
3. Altered Behavior. Chewing on one side of the mouth, dropping food, running away from the food dish, crying when yawning, hiding, not grooming themselves, acting “grumpy” are all signs of dental pain. You know your pet better than anyone, s look for signs of abnormal behavior.
4. Bleeding. Bleeding from the mouth is usually due to periodontal disease,but it could also be evident of fractured teeth, lacerations or ulcers on the tongue or gum tissue or the presence of an oral mass. Look for thick, ropey saliva, spots of blood found on toys or beds.
5. Return to Normal. Once our veterinary team addresses your pet’s oral issues, your pooch may show he’s feeling better by acting like a puppy again or your kitty might seek extra attention.
Don’t let your pets suffer in silence. They don’t just have a toothache, they have a whole mouth full of toothaches. Daily dental hygiene is free. All you need is a toothbrush and a couple of minutes to help prevent periodontal disease.