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Bad breath, discoloured teeth – is dental disease simply a cosmetic problem or could your pet be suffering in silence?
It is a sad fact that up to 8 out of 10 of our patients over three years old have dental disease. It is therefore not uncommon for us to examine a pet’s mouth during a routine check-up and be met with shock on the owner’s face when they see plaque, tartar and red inflamed gums hidden under their lips. That shock often turns to worry when we chat about the problems that dental disease might cause for their pet.
Simply put dental disease can cause serious health problems, cause pain, reduce your pets’ enjoyment of life, and can even shorten it too. So, is it just a cosmetic problem? No. Unfortunately not, and that’s why we’re fully committed to tackling this head on.
Here are just a few problems dental disease can cause for your pet and left untreated, could be affecting their quality of life:
- Pain and discomfort (although they usually won’t tell you, animals hide pain really well)
- Loss of teeth as the architecture holding them in place is slowly eroded by a potent bacterial soup
- Potential damage to the liver the kidneys and the heart from the untreated infection in their mouth
- Weight loss
- Nasty abscesses
We’re pretty sure you want to avoid that and we’re pretty sure (like us) you want your pets to live as long and healthy a life as they can.
So how will you know your pet has a dental problem?
Dental disease often hides away under the lips so the first thing to do is have a look by lifting up the lips as long as your pet is happy to let you do so. If you’re not managing to brush their teeth every day, then there’s a high chance that there will be tell-tale signs that trouble is brewing:
- Bad breath!
- Brown, discoloured teeth (they should be gleaming white!)
- Red gums
Here are some other signs you may notice:
- Chewing to one side of their mouth
- Excessive salivation
- Noticing blood stains on their toys or chews
- Pawing at their mouth
- Loose teeth, or worse, teeth falling out
If you notice any of these problems, then it’s time to do something about it. Just give us a call and we’ll book you in your pet’s dental examination with one of our veterinary team.
There are two good reasons why you shouldn’t delay:
1. Prevent a small problem now becoming a bigger, more expensive, problem later
2. Better dental hygiene will help your pet live longer
Call us today on 01472 871 111 and we’ll arrange your pet’s dental appointment.