Pet health experts estimate that about 70 percent of all dogs and cats have some form of dental disease by age 3. Dental disease is especially prevalent in SMALL BREED DOGS due to tooth overcrowding.
As in humans, bad teeth can be extremely painful for your pet. However, dogs and cats often HIDE THEIR PAIN, a throw-back to living in the wild and protecting themselves from potential predators. So, in many cases, your dog or cat can be suffering from dental disease and you may not know it.
This is one more reason why annual exams (and twice annual for older pets) by a veterinarian are important. Between exams, watch for these signs:
- Smelly breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Yellow or brown teeth
- Broken or loose teeth
- Diminished appetite and / or difficulty chewing
If you spot any of the above, make an appointment with your veterinarian.
Find out more about dental disease on February 18 at our Pawsitively Healthy workshop Preventing Canine & Feline Dental Disease with Andrea Putt, DVM of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital. Click here to register.