Friday, 10 Nov, 2017
9 Signs That Your Pet Has Dental Pain

Dental pain can be especially hard to identify because most pets are very good at hiding pain (especially cats!). In addition, a pet’s natural instinct to eat and survive is very high so they will eat despite significant oral pain.

If you notice any of the following, you’ll want to get them examined by your Vet:

- bad breath (dogs & cats won’t have the freshest smelling breath, but it should not smell terrible – that could be a sign of a problem);

- broken or loose teeth;

- teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar;

- extra teeth or persistent baby teeth;

- take a few minutes to watch them eat, look for abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth as warning signs;

- reduced appetite or refusal to eat;

- pain in or around the mouth (e.g. not playing with their favorite chew toy or chewing hard kibble);

- bleeding from the mouth; and,

- swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth or under the eyes.

A word of caution: always be careful when evaluating your pet’s mouth, because an animal in pain may bite.

Finally, regular Veterinary exams are the best way to spot issues early before they become major problems and as always, if you have any questions call your Vet.

~Dr. Ferguson

 

Sources:

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Pet-Dental-Care.aspx