Diseased teeth and gums are also often painful and may limit your pet's appetite because it is too painful to eat. These tips are signs to watch for in your pet.
Please note: any time your pet is not eating, is listless, or just "not himself" (or herself), a visit with your veterinarian is in order.
Your pet may or may not show obvious signs of pain with dental disease. Therefore, it is important to be aware of these possible signs to get your pet the medical attention he or she deserves.
- Malodorous (bad) breath*
- Drooling, often with foul-smelling saliva
- Appearance of dental plaque and tartar
- Reluctance to eat or reduced appetite
- Teeth that "chatter", especially in cats
- Tooth loss (other than normal baby tooth loss of young animals)
- Lethargy or listlessness
- Discolored teeth
- Broken / fractured teeth
- Swelling and / or draining wound below the eye, often caused by a carnassial tooth abscess, especially in dogs.
Regular examinations by your vet and regular brushing at home will help your pet maintain optimal dental health.
* = Contrary to popular opinion, "doggy breath" is not normal.
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