Pet dental care is vital for his or her overall health. Bad breath and yellow teeth can be symptoms of serious disease in your pet, which may affect their heart, stomach, liver and kidney.
According to the American veterinarian dental society, oral disease is the most commonly diagnosed health problems in pets. By age three about 70% of cats and 80% of dogs suffer from some form of oral disease like plaque, gingivitis, which can result in the development of periodontal disease.
The effects of the periodontal disease are not limited to your pet’s mouth. Other health problems found linked with periodontal disease includes kidney failure, liver damage, and heart muscle change.
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Regular brushing is the best way to prevent tartar buildup and dental plaque. Feeding your pet with the right diet can help promote good oral hygiene.
Some Mouth Disorders in Pets
Understanding the possible mouth problems your pet may encounter is important. It helps you determine when it is time to consult a veterinarian:
Signs of this disease are tooth pain, bad breath, excessive sneezing, loose teeth and nasal discharge.
Signs of this disease are Pain, Ulcerated tissues, Bad Breath, Excessive drooling or saliva, Extensive teeth plaque, and Fluid buildup in the gums.
Signs of this disease are red gums, bleeding, bad breath and swollen gums.
What are causes of dental problems in pets?
Though cavities are more common in humans than pets, still pets can have most of the dental problems that human can develop:
Common Signs of dental disease in your pet
Be watchful of the following signs:
How to take care of your pet oral health at home
One can maintain Pet oral health in following ways:
1. The Breath Test: We understand checking your pet’s breath every day is not easy, as normal pet breath is not particularly fresh smelling. You check it once or twice a month. If the pet breath is offensive and accompanied by a loss of appetite or excessive drinking or vomiting or urinating, it is a best to take your pet to a pet clinic or an animal hospital.
2. Lip Service: Twice a month while brushing your pet’s teeth lift its lips and inspect its teeth and gums. The teeth must be clean and there should be no brownish tartar. The color of pet’s gums should be pink and not white or red and there are no signs of swelling in the gums.
Note: Be careful while assessing your pet’s mouth, because a pet in pain can bite.
3. Brushing: Most common oral disease in pets can be prevented by regularly brushing your pet’s teeth. It prevents dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth.
Daily brushing your pet’s teeth is best, but if not possible, then brushing several times a week can be effective.
Pets, especially cats, are not used to the idea of having teeth brushed and might resist it. The following steps will help you in making your pet used to the concept of brushing:
Note: Brushing too hard can hurt your pet's gums. Please do consult a veterinarian to learn brushing techniques as per the pet you own.
4. Give Bones to Chew On or Chew toys: Chew toys and Bones satisfy your pet's natural craving to gnaw, along with making their teeth strong. Chew toys and Bones not only knock off the tartar from their teeth but also massage their gums.
Ask your veterinarian to suggest you a toxin-free rawhide, rubber or nylon chew toys for your pet. Prefer using raw bones instead of cooked ones, since they are less likely to splinter.
5. Best Diet for Healthy Teeth
What kind of diet you serve your pet plays an important factor in maintaining good health of your pet’s teeth. Consult your veterinarian about specially formulated dry food that can slow down plaque and tartar buildup. Avoid feeding your pet from table scraps instead, prefer giving your pet treats that meant to keep their teeth healthy.
Don't Wait Until It's Too Late
Tooth decay, Bad breath, and gum diseases have been linked to heart, kidney, and other serious chronic illnesses. Try getting your pet’s teeth checked at least once a year by your pet dentist or veterinarian langley for the early signs dental problem. Most importantly, ensure you brush your pet's teeth regularly to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
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