It is not uncommon for your dog to have “puppy breath.” At times, you may notice your pet has bad breath and try to remedy the problem with a quick treat. But when it’s back again, what should you do?
At Pharr Road Animal Hospital, we provide high quality veterinary dentistry services to treat your pet’s oral hygiene issues and prevent problems, like bad breath, before they even start.
Do All Animals Have Bad Breath?
Although common, it is not actually normal for animals to have bad breath. In fact, this is usually a symptom of other dental disorders your pet may be suffering from.
Bad breath can be an underlying cause of several conditions, ranging from basic dental hygiene issues like tartar build-up, plaque and gingivitis to more serious disorders like periodontal disease.
Help Your Pet with Dentistry Care
The first step to understanding pet dentistry is to recognize the signs between healthy and unhealthy oral hygiene. Some of the signs of unhealthy hygiene include:
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums
- Excessive drooling
- Problems chewing
- Discolored teeth
- Continually pawing at mouth
Problems such as these may have scarce symptoms to begin with, but if left untreated they can be a constant struggle for your pet. The best thing for both you, and your pet is to make a commitment to routine dental care.
How Can You Help Your Pet’s Teeth?
There are many preventative measures you can take to ensure your pet has a healthy smile. This includes regularly brushing their teeth and being mindful of their diet, treats and toys. Just like you have to visit the dentist twice a year, try scheduling an appointment for your pet at least once a year to check on their oral health.
If your pet is already experiencing dental issues, make an appointment to treat the existing problems. Help your pet achieve a healthy smile! And don’t put up with their bad breath any longer visiting a veterinary dentist.