We are hoping that you can join us on February 18 for our next Pawsitively Healthy workshop, Preventing Canine & Feline Dental Disease. Click here to register. Our speaker is Andrea Putt, DVM, of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital.
Elsewhere in this blog, I talk about some signs of dental disease in your dog or cat. Take a few moments to see if your dog or cat will allow you to look at his/her teeth and gums. A friend of mine routinely rubs her hand around and puts the tip of her finger into her cats’ mouths to get them used to this.
If you are able to take a look at your dog’s or cat’s mouth, try to take note of what you see. Are gums read? Do teeth look yellow or brown? Does your pet flinch in pain when you do this?
If possible, see if you can take a picture of what you see. Do NOT force it. But if your pet will let you, you will have something to show Dr. Putt at the seminar. While she cannot diagnose dental disease from a photo, it will provide a starting point to see if your pet should be seen by a veterinarian.
Below is a photo that my friend took of her cat’s mouth. Again, my friend gets her cats used to having their teeth checked by routinely touching and playing with their mouths. So this was an easy picture for her to take!