Signs You Need to Take Your Dog or Cat to a Pet Dentist

Signs You Need to Take Your Dog or Cat to a Pet Dentist

There are several signs that your pet is experiencing mouth pain. The pain can be anything from a little sore on their gums to oral cancer. That’s why when your pet displays signs of mouth pain you should take them to the pet dentist, veterinarian or animal hospital  if the other two have closed for the day. You don’t want your pet to suffer, nor do you want the cause of the pain to get worse. They may simply have a piece of food stuck between their teeth something an animal teeth cleaning could take care of .

Most Common Sign of Mouth Pain in Pets Bad Breath

It is not normal for your pet’s breath to smell bad. You smell your pet’s breath every day, if it smells bad, odd or just not like their breath. Then your pet may be experiencing a dental problem.

  • Not Eating Right

If your pet is ignoring most of their food, sitting next to the bowl of food and not eating it, only chewing on one side of their mouth, swallowing their food whole, prefer soft food, not eating their favorite crunchy treats, or dropping the food while trying to eat it – mouth pain is the culprit.

  • Does Not Want the Area Around There Mouth Petted or Touched

If your pet enjoys having the sides of their face petted and suddenly no longer wants you to touch that area, it may be because their mouth hurts.

  • Extreme Drooling

If your Pet is salivating more than normal or if there is blood in their saliva that is a sure sign they are experiencing mouth pain, and possibly even an infection.

  • Pawing at or Shaking their Head Back and Forth

If your pet is trying to paw at their mouth or is shaking their head back and forth a lot, that is a good indicator they have mouth pain.

Change in Behavior

If your pet usually meets you at the door after work and you come home to find them sprawled out on the floor just looking at you that is a good indicator something is not right. If your pet has suddenly become aggressive for no reason, if they have withdrawn from you and would rather lay on your bed alone instead of on or near your lap, refuses affection, decreases the amount of dog grooming or cat grooming, don’t want to play or a decrease in how much or what they want to play, (with dogs if fetch is a no go at play time it is because their mouth hurts, with cats they tend to grind their teeth, and is experiencing a disturbance in their normal sleep pattern. These are all normal signs of mouth/oral pain. You can try pet grooming this may help them relax a little.

If your pet will let you try to lift up their lip in the back, if you can see a chipped or cracked tooth, red and swollen gums, or a yellowish build up on their teeth that you know doesn’t look right, ten your pet is definitely having mouth pain. Call your pet dentist and explain your pet’s behavior and what you saw if their mouth (if anything) and make an appointment at the pet hospital for as soon as possible.

Why Do I Need a Dog Dentist?

Why Do I Need a Dog Dentist?

Your dog can have many of the same disorders as humans with his mouth and teeth. It is very important to use a veternarian that is also a dog dentist to clean your dog’s teeth as well as to provide care for painful oral procedures. Pet parents must recognize that teeth cleaning at their animal hospital is a part of pet grooming.

Periodontal Disease

When bacteria infects the tissue around your dog’s teeth, it causes inflammation in the gums, as well as the surrounding bone and the ligaments that hold the teeth around the jawbone. This is the number one cause of tooth loss in your canine family members that is preventable. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, gum disease can occur from improper oral hygiene of your pet or it can be genetic, caused by diet, be breed specific or due to age. Cat grooming and dog grooming includes cleaning your pet’s teeth and gums for good oral hygiene.

Gingivitis in Dogs

Bacterial plaque inflames gums in the form of gingivitis. This is the first stage leading to gum disease. Many dogs experience bad breath and gums that bleed when touched. This is a painful condition for your dog, although a dog dentist can clean your four-legged family member’s teeth including below the gum line to reverse it. If not treated properly at this stage, your pet will develop periodontitis.

Periodontitis in Dogs

The tissue damage is more severe in dogs when gingivitis is not corrected and it includes gums, bone and ligaments. This occurs after having several years of gingivitis with plaque and tartar buildup. Feeding your dog hard kibble rather than canned or soft food helps to clean his teeth better as he chews and can prevent canine gum diseases. This condition can also be treated with a professional animal teeth cleaning including below the gum line and home care of brushing your dog’s teeth, oral rinses, plaque prevention gels and a change of diet.

Endodontic Tooth Disease

This tooth disease occurs inside of the canine teeth in the form of cavities, fractured teeth and tooth decay. If endodontic disease is caught early through dental cleanings with x-rays, your pet can have a tooth extraction or a root canal to correct the painful tooth problem.

Cavities in Dogs

Tooth decay or cavities are quite uncommon in dogs. However, a pet dentist can discover a cavity through x-rays and routine teeth cleanings and place a filling in the cavity in the same manner as human cavities are filled.

Face or Jaw Trauma

In the case that your canine family member has a severe accidents and incurs trauma to his face or jaw, he may need to have a tooth pulled or a crown. In extreme cases, the jaw may need to stabilized and require pins or wires for it to heal. A professional pet hospital is needed for this type of treatment that takes about 6 to 8 weeks to heal properly.

Puppy Teeth

Puppies are all born with an overbite so they can nurse on their mothers. The lower jaw has a growth spurt to keep up with the puppy’s growing nutrition need when they start eating solid food. The lower teeth may come in before the correct time for the bottom jaw to grow longer, this makes the upper jaw catch behind the lower jaw. The correction for an under- or over-bite in puppies in generally to remove some of the puppy teeth so the jaw grows in correctly. Puppy’s may also retain puppy teeth and grow adult teeth resulting in too many teeth for their mouth. A pet dentist will remove the puppy teeth that don’t fall out to prevent pain. Some puppies may also have dog braces to move teeth into the correct position if they are unaligned to encourage good eating habits.