As a pet parent, there are plenty of health hazards to keep an eye out for – and dental problems are no exception. If you’ve ever had a toothache you know how painful it can be, so we’re certain that’s something you’d prefer poor Fido never has to endure. Fortunately, the best defense is a good offense, and it all starts with a little bit of research.
1. Loose Teeth
If your pet is just a pup, don’t fret. Just like humans, young pups shed their baby teeth to make well for their adult teeth as well. In fact, between months 4-6, you should expect your pup to lose his or her baby teeth often. Adult dogs with loose teeth however, can signify something more serious: trauma to the mouth or periodontal disease.
2. Crooked Teeth
Did you know that pets can get braces too? However, unlike for humans, most vets will only suggest braces if your pup is having trouble do to an over or under bite. After all, Fido isn’t really all that concerned with his appearance – but his ability to much on biscuits without pain is a different story!
3. Bleeding Gums
Seeing a pattern here? It’s true, most dental issues that affect us humans can also affect our pets as well – and gum disease is no different. If you’re noticing bloody bite marks on all of Fido’s favorite toys, gingivitis is likely a contributing factor.
4. Cracked Teeth
Ouch! Not only are cracked teeth and exposed nerves painful, but left untreated they can also harbor bacteria and decay. Make sure you pay close attention to those chew toys. Contrary to what you may have thought, a dog’s teeth really are not all that much stronger than our own.
If your poor pup is dealing with any of the above doggie dental woes, give Upper East Side Animal Hospital a call right away. Serving all of Manhattan and the surrounding areas, we provide preventative care and dental cleanings to pooches of all breeds.
To learn more about our dental cleaning procedure, take a peek at the YouTube videobelow, starring Dr. Don Costlow, a vet at one of our sister hospitals, and his dog Mirage – or dial 212-396-3020 to book your appointment today.
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