How many times do you brush in a day? Twice, thrice or at least once in a day, right? What about your pooch’s brushing routine? You must have overlooked it or might not have considered it till now. As a pet parent, while taking care of dog’s hair, coat, and vaccination, etc. we completely forget about their dental care and ignore the stinking breath. However, oral hygiene has a great impact on your pup’s overall health.
The bacteria accumulated in your dog’s mouth causes periodontal disease that travels throughout his body and harms his lungs, kidneys, and heart. Dental issues cause pain in most of the pets, however, canine tend to hide the pain, and therefore it is difficult for pet parents to be aware of their sufferings. According to the study of the American Veterinary Dental Society, by the age of three more than 80% of dogs show gum disease signs. As a responsible parent, you need to be aware of your fur ball’s dental problems and keep an eye on the signs. So, check out the following dental problems that your pup might be facing right now:
Plaque & Tartar
Plaque means a soft layer of bacteria accumulated on a dog’s teeth. When plaque stuck to the surfaces of the teeth, minerals present in dog’s saliva harden the plaque into tartar. Plaque and tartar not only damage the tooth but also the tissue around the teeth. If your dog’s teeth appear in tan or brown colour that means your dog might be having a dental problem.
The built up layer of plaque and tartar enters under the gum and develops into Periodontitis disease. It causes losing function in gums, tooth loss and also an infection that travels through the bloodstream and affect other organs. Every dog can get periodontitis disease; it depends on various factors such as age, immune system, chewing habits, and diet.
If your pet is experiencing toothache on a regular basis that means he is affected by a dental disease. As we mentioned above, you might find it challenging to find out whether your pet is in pain or not, over and above that animals are good at hiding their pain. Look for signs such as loss of appetite and weight loss, which can cause due to a toothache.
Bad breath is more than a dental problem; it is a first and foremost sign of dental disease in canine and feline. If your dog or cat has an unbearable breath smell then it’s high time, you should take care of their dental health.
Good dental hygiene and wellbeing go hand in hand in pet’s health care. Therefore, it is crucial to take proper care of pet’s dental health. Your furry friend might be suffering from one of the above dental problems and hiding a lot of pain. So, don’t waste a single minute and take him to the veterinarian.