Why Your Pet Needs to See the Dentist
Dental Care Is Important
Dental Care is very important health maintenance for your pet. Failing to care for your pets dental hygiene can cause some pretty serious problems. So you should have your veterinarian check your pet teeth and gums at least once a year.
Symptoms That Need Attention
If in fact, you detect any symptoms, you should have them checked sooner, such as:
broken or loose teeth
extra teeth or retained baby teeth
teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
abnormal chewing, drooling or dropping food from the mouth
reduced appetite or refusal to eat
pain in or around the mouth
bleeding from the mouth
swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
Or any changes that you may see in your pet should prompt a checkup with your veterinarian.
Problems From Neglect
Although cavities are less common in pets than in people, they can have many of the same dental problems that people can develop:
broken teeth and roots
abscesses or infected teeth
cysts or tumors in the mouth
malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth and bite
broken (fractured) jaw
palate defects (such as cleft palate)
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association ( AMVA) “Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats – by the time your pet is 3 years old, he or she will very likely have some early evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older if effective preventive measures aren’t taken. Early detection and treatment are critical because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth. Other health problems found in association with the periodontal disease include kidney, liver, and heart muscle change.”
An Ounce of “Raw” Prevention Is A Pound of Cure
One thing you can do at home to prevent tartar build up that leads to periodontal disease is to feed a species appropriate diet. Which will keep the mouth of your pet healthy? Raw diet creates in your pet’s mouth an environment that isn’t as conducive to tartar build up. So it’s better for the pet’s dental and overall health to feed a raw diet.
There are a HOST of other benefits to a natural diet so stay tuned for other blogs where we will address these aspects.