Typical signs of dental issues include excessive drooling, frequent pawing at the face or mouth, worse-than-usual breath, signs of discomfort when eating harder foods or even complete avoidance of eating. Other symptoms include red and swollen gums, tartar crust along gum lines, and bleeding when gums are touched. It is important to watch for behavior changes too and notify the vet if one's pet shows signs of annoyance, a sudden unwillingness to play, or strange mood changes.
During a checkup, the veterinarian will examine the pet for signs of tooth decay. If serious oral problems exist, a tooth extraction, deep cleaning, and even an antibiotic may be recommended.
Brushing a pet's teeth regularly is part of being a good pet parent. It should not take more than a minute to brush your pet's teeth, and even the smallest effort can make a big difference in their health and happiness. Plus, there are helpful dental products, treats and dental-specific diets that could also help keep their teeth healthy.
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Bonnie Strouse Sobrino | DentalPlans.com
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