February is regarded as the National Pet Dental Health Month. But whether it is that time or not, ensuring your pet’s dental health should be one of your key responsibilities. Sure, most pet owners give a lot of importance to vaccinating their pets, getting the right food, getting them the right toys to play with, etc., but when it comes to dental health, many of them tend to ignore it unless they observe some visible issues. Here are our top signs when you need to schedule a dental appointment for your pet.

Bad breath

Pet owners and pets share a very special relationship and bond. Most pet owners play very closely with their pets. When playing with your pet, observe if they have noticeably bad breath. The chances are that they may need to see a doggie dentist. Bad breath is one of the first and key indicators of tooth problems.

Digestive issues

If you notice that your pet has recurring or prolonged digestive issues, it may be more than just an upset stomach. Prolonged or recurring digestive issues may indicate that your pet is not eating their food correctly. Inadequate chewing due to bad teeth or painful gums can be a potential cause of digestive issues.

Retained baby teeth

Did you know that just like human beings, animals too lose their set of baby teeth and develop adult teeth? Sometimes, if they don’t lose all of their baby teeth, it can lead to gum irritation and tartar buildup. 

Periodontal disease

Did you know that 90% of pets are likely to face a periodontal issue in their lifetime? The main cause for this is bad dental hygiene. Periodontal disease can be avoided by simply maintaining clean teeth and gums. Most dog owners bathe their pets and make sure that they use high-quality products on their pets. Whether it is using soap, dusting powder, or even dog deodorants, most pet owners spend a lot of money on their pets cosmetic needs. However, seldom do they focus on maintaining dental hygiene by brushing their pet’s teeth regularly. Simply maintaining a high level of dental hygiene can reduce serious dental implications for your pet, saving you money in the long term. 

Regular check-up

Pets are incredibly talented when it comes to hiding pain. Most pets will not display any apparent signs of a toothache or gum infection on the surface. However, getting a regularly scheduled checkup can help you detect dental problems at an early stage. Make sure to take your pet for a complete dental check-up regularly so that you can avoid lengthy and costly dental procedures. 

If you have any questions or concerns surrounding the dental hygiene and maintenance of your pet’s dental health, schedule a complete health check-up with Aquitaine Vet