That is not so surprising since unlike humans, they cannot brush their own teeth and do not get semi-annual professional cleanings. And, since our pets can't speak, they can’t tell us if they are in pain...and they will even try to hide pain because of their innate survival instincts.
Regular wellness exams for your pets will include a check for evidence of gum recession, infection and sensitivity.
Here are a few signs of oral and dental disease in dogs and cats that you, the owner, can look for, as noted by the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC):
- Bad breath (open their mouth and take a whiff!)
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Red gums (lift a lip)
- Shying away from you when you touch the mouth area
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight (Note: This combination can result from diseases of many organs, and early veterinary examination is important)
Dental care is an important component of a pet's overall healthcare plan and helps them enjoy a good quality of life throughout their years.
To Your Door will offer free house-call dental evaluation AND a 10 % discount on all dental services through March 31, 2016. Schedule today!
Karen Bryant, DVM
To Your Door Veterinary Health and Wellness
P.S. Don't forget we now have online scheduling...go to our website, www.toyourdoorvet.com, and click the "Schedule Now" button.