We love our pets. When they hurt, we feel their pain – although its cause sometimes escapes us. Next time Fido or Miss Kitty shows signs of distress, make sure a dental problem isn’t behind it. If Kitty or Fido eat only soft canned food, their gums don’t get massaged and tartar builds up.
Signs of trouble include –
- Eating with cocked head (to avoid chewing on sore tooth)
- Drooling while eating or resting
- Discolored gums or teeth
- Foul breath
Less detectable signs of oral trouble are –
- Sores in the mouth
- Excessive drooling
- Blood in saliva
- Red or swollen gums
A thorough tooth cleaning can be done by your Veterinarian and ought to be part of any dog or cat’s yearly checkup.