February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and to celebrate, we are offering 10% off Pet Dental Packages from February 1-28, 2017!
Now you may be wondering, How do I know my pet is suffering from dental pain? Unfortunately, our furry companions can’t talk to tell us when they are in pain or have a tooth ache. So we have to be diligent and rely on clues or changes in behavior that can help us identify a problem with their mouth. Here are a few things that may point to dental pain:
- No signs at all - Yes, you read that correctly! Dogs and cats rarely show signs of dental pain. This is an instinctual behavior, so that they do not look like weakened prey to other predators.
- Bad Breath - Odor is a result of bacterial process. In pets with periodontal disease, there is an increase in bacteria so odors increase.
- Change in Behavior - Chewing on one side of the mouth or decreased chewing, hiding, lack of grooming, and lethargy can all be signs of dental pain. Look for these abnormal behaviors as a clue that your pet has a mouth problem.
- Bleeding - Bleeding from the mouth is usually due to periodontal disease. But there could also be lacerations in the mouth, abscesses or ulcers. Thick ropey saliva, or blood on toys/bedding could be an indication of any of the above problems.
Pets can't tell us if they have a toothache. Don't let them suffer in silence. Pay close attention to them, as you know them better than anyone else. If you notice a change in your pet, or any of the above symptoms, please contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
All you need is a toothbrush and a couple of minutes a day, and you can help prevent dental disease!
Suspect your pet has dental pain? Give us a call at (717) 957-3991 to schedule an appointment.