Taking care of your pets is important, and that means doing more than simply feeding them the right food. One big health issue to keep an eye out for when it comes to your pets is dental problems. If you notice unusually bad breath or some other signs of a dental problem, you need to visit one of our veterinarians in Littleton, CO, as soon as possible.
Signs of Dental Problems
To ensure that your pet has good dental hygiene you must be able to recognize the signs of a dental problem. These problems are a bit harder to spot in animals than they are for people. However, there are several signs that something may be wrong inside your dog or cat's mouth:
- Sudden loss of appetite
- Bad breath
- Very discolored teeth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Irritability and pawing at the mouth
- Drooling more than usual
If you notice your pets exhibiting any of these behaviors, you should take them to a veterinarian’s office to get them checked out for dental problems.
Preventing Dental Problems
There are a few steps you can take to prevent dental problems from developing in the first place. It is important to do what you can to maintain your pet's teeth and gums, which means you need to be brushing your furry friend's teeth regularly. There are also treats that are specially formulated to help prevent dental problems. However, it's also important to visit a veterinarian for a checkup and thorough dental cleaning. One of our veterinarians can provide a dental cleaning schedule to keep your furry friend smiling for years to come.
Many pets develop dental problems of one type or another. For minor problems, cleaning is often enough to defend against dental diseases. However, more serious treatments may be appropriate if your pet has a serious dental problem. Our veterinarian may need to prescribe medication for your pet or even pull teeth to eliminate a dental disease. Otherwise, these problems will not go away on their own. You must take your dog or cat to a veterinarian regularly to have your pet’s teeth and gums checked and cleaned.
Schedule a Pet Dental Cleaning Today
Your pets are a part of the family and we know that you want to take good care of them. Several serious medical problems begin as a dental issue and develop into something much worse. If you live in or around Littleton, CO, schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians at Southwest Veterinary Hospital PC. Call us today at (303) 794-2697 to speak with a member of our staff to learn more.