A Keystone of Health

Dental care for dogs and cats.

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Identifying dental disease in pets

Despite pain and disease, the visible portion of the tooth (i.e., the crown) can look relatively normal, and many dogs and cats will show no pain or distress. In fact, a dog or cat’s self-preservation instincts often mean they will continue to eat hard food despite severe periodontal disease. Therefore, pet owners must closely monitor their pet’s dental health and schedule an appointment for subtle changes in behavior or appearance including:

  • Bad breath
  • Slow eating or dropping food
  • Drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Reluctance to chew on toys or treats
  • Visibly broken, discolored, or dirty teeth
  • Bleeding gums, or blood on toys or in the water bowl
  • Reduced appetite
  • Facial swelling, particularly around the muzzle or under the eye