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3 Sure Signs of Dental Trouble in Pets

cat yawn dental disease blogDogs and cats are not capable of taking care of their teeth on their own. If a pet’s oral hygiene is neglected by the owner, there’s a good chance that some degree of dental disease will develop by age four. Periodontal disease is not only painful, it can also lead to infections elsewhere in the body including the lungs, liver, kidneys, and heart.

Don’t overlook these three common signs that dental trouble is ahead for your pet:

1. Discolored Teeth: If your pet’s teeth are anything other than white, something is wrong. Stains and discoloration should be examined by a veterinarian.

2. Bad Breath: Many people think that “dog breath” is normal, but don’t be fooled. Foul smelling breath from your dog or cat is an often overlooked sign that dental disease is brewing.

3. Red or Swollen Gums: Healthy gums are pink in color. If you notice any redness, swelling, or bleeding, consult with a veterinarian right away.

Prevention

When it comes to dental disease in pets, prevention is the best form of medicine. Practice good oral care at home by brushing your pet’s teeth if possible. Other pet dental products, like CET Chews or mouthwash, can be a helpful addition to your pet’s dental care routine. Speak with a vet about a dental examination and professional cleanings.

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