Oral Health is important for both humans and pets. Dental health problems can cause your pet discomfort, and untreated dental issues can lead to other health problems. Our veterinarians at Johnstown Veterinary Associates can help you care for your pet's teeth.
Signs of Dental Problems in Pets
While some dental health issues, like broken teeth, are obvious, other problems may not be readily visible. That's why it's important to monitor your pet closely and look for signs of pain or distress. Indicators of oral health problems include:
• Yellowing or browning teeth: When plaque hardens, it turns into tartar. If you notice stains on your pet's teeth, you may want to make an appointment for cleaning with your vet.
• Irritated gums: If your pet has lumps on its gums, or if you see its gums bleeding, it may be suffering from gum disease.
• Pawing at the mouth: Your pet doesn't have a way to tell you that it's in pain, but if it has a toothache or a dental abscess, you may see it pawing or licking at its mouth.
• Loss of appetite: Tooth pain can make it difficult for animals to eat, leading to a loss of appetite.
• Unpleasant breath: While pets don't usually have minty fresh breath, bad breath occurs when there's a buildup of bacteria in your pet's mouth.
• Unusual behavior: Sudden changes in your pet's behavior, such as a lack of energy or increased irritability, aren't always a sign of dental issues, but they are a cause for concern.
Dental Health Care from a Veterinarian
We provide dental services for pets, including dental exams and teeth cleaning. If we notice any issues during your pet's dental checkup, we may also recommend additional services, such as tooth extractions. We can also provide suggestions and advice so that you can do more to care for your pet's teeth at home.
Caring for Your Pet's Teeth
One of the most effective ways to keep plaque from building up on your pet's teeth is to brush them regularly. Normal toothpaste contains ingredients that can be toxic to pets, but thankfully, there are products specifically made for dogs and cats. If you find it difficult to brush your pet's teeth, there are other options you may find effective, like dental chews or pet foods that help clean your pet's teeth and remove bacteria from their mouths. You should also schedule regular checkups with a veterinarian so that they can provide care as needed.
Visit Our Veterinarians in Johnstown, PA
Make sure you're taking your pet's oral health seriously! With our help, you'll be able to keep your pet healthy and happy. Contact Johnstown Veterinary Associates today at (814) 536-5105 to make an appointment for your pet.