Dental hygiene is paramount to your pets’ overall health. Ideally, we should be looking after our pets’ teeth from a young age, this includes brushing their teeth regularly with specialist toothpaste. We understand that this isn’t always possible and your pet may have to come in to have some dental work done.
- Animals are very good at not showing that they are in pain or discomfort, sometimes the signs are very subtle. Below are some signs and symptoms to tell if your pet is suffering from dental problems:
- Avoiding eating or difficulty eating such as chewing on one side of the mouth
- Red gums, brown-yellow scales on the teeth, pus pockets on the gums
- Your pet pawing at their mouth
- Blood in your pet’s saliva
- Subdued behaviour such as a reduction in grooming
If your pet is demonstrating one or more of the symptoms above you should bring them to see us as soon as possible. The quicker a tooth or gum infection is diagnosed, the more likely effective treatment is.