One thing your pet should be able to take a good bite out of? Life!
Perhaps your pet hasn’t had quite the same appetite as usual. Does it seem like lately they prefer soft food over hard, or perhaps they’re refusing to eat at all? When you get a little closer, do you notice bad breath? Is your pet sick? One thing is certain, your furry friend is not feeling great and it has you concerned.
It could be that your cat or dog is not well and is experiencing dental problems.
Dental problems cover a wide range issues. For example, tartar accumulation is one of the causes of bad breath. Furthermore, other complications crop up when oral problems become an issue: pain, premature tooth loss, even vital internal organ damage caused by bacteria in the mouth. Ask your family vet how often your furry friend should get his dental check-up. Because your pet ages faster than you do over the course of a year, a yearly check up is recommended.
Once you consult your vet, they will examine your pet and, if necessary, take X-rays in order to determine the exact cause of the problem. X-rays are just as helpful with animals as they are with humans. They provide a clear view on the 60% of the tooth usually hidden under the gums.
To make the process smoother, removing tartar is done under general anaesthetic. It’s followed by polishing the surface of the teeth and the application of a broad-spectrum topical antiseptic solution like chlorhexidine, which eliminates most of the bacteria, and helps re-establish gum health. Your pet will feel much better, have nice fresh breath, and regain their appetite.
Just like humans, good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent oral-dental problems. During your visit, your vet will recommend brushing, diet and rinsing solutions. In addition to any other questions you may have, you might also want to ask about the kinds of treats that play a preventative role in dental health. After all, a bit of fun makes everything a little easier!