They say that an animal’s oral health is a reflection of their overall health. Inflammation and infections affecting the teeth and gums will indeed have an impact on organs, like the kidneys, pancreas, heart and bladder. Dental care is therefore very important to maintaining your pet’s health. Oral diseases can be very painful if they are not treated correctly. In fact, it is estimated that close to 75% of all cats and dogs over the age of 5 suffer from a dental condition. Unhealthy teeth represent more than just bad breath and could be an indication of a more serious illness.
There are several signs that point to oral and dental problems.
Here are some of the most common ones:
- Your pet has bad breath.
- Tooth loss or an abnormal amount of tartar.
- Your pet will not let you touch its mouth.
- Changes in behaviour, ie. not wanting to eat or chew, being more aggressive, chewing on one side.