Meko the Miracle Dog

The Hot Dig-Kitty-Dog Blog

We don't always think about our pets needing dental care. But just like us, they do. Even though we give them crunchy food that supposedly is good for their teeth, they often need more attention and even regular teeth cleaning. Dental problems may not always be so noticeable in your pet. Here are a few important signs to look for concerning your pet's oral health.

1.) If your pet has bad breath, this is a sign that bacteria is trapped in the mouth.

2.) If your pet has loose or missing teeth, this can lead to bacterial infections, spreading through the mouth.

3.) If your pet is having trouble eating, most likely he may have an oral infection. It can also be a sign that there is a more progressive disease involved.

4.) Red, swollen, bleeding gums, are most likely caused by an infection.

5.) Yellow, stained, brown teeth are a first sign of dental problems. Tartar buildup leads to infections and gum bleeding.

Surprisingly, 80% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 suffer from dental disease. Keep your pet's teeth healthy by regularly brushing his teeth (with pet toothpaste only!) - start him when he is young so that he becomes used to having the toothbrush in his mouth. And bring him to your Vet for a complete checkup to determine if your pet needs a professional cleaning.