If you have dog, then you already have taken care of things like their vaccinations. One of the aspects of caring for your dog, though, means looking after their oral hygiene needs as well. This means noticing when your dog may be having a dental issue. Here are a few of the dental issues your dog may have right now and what to know about each one. If these issues are overlooked, you could end up with a veterinary dentistry appointment.
One of the leading dental issues your dog may already have that can lead to possible veterinary dentistry is periodontal disease. This illness is marked by inflammation. In fact, that is the first thing you may notice as a pet owner. There is also an odor that comes with the inflammation. The odor is from the bacteria that the illness brings. Abscesses are common with periodontal disease.
This gum disease can also break down the tissue in your dog's jaws and around the teeth. If you notice inflammation, your dog acting like they are sore when they eat or an odd odor in your dog's mouth, then contact your veterinarian. They can check your dog, create a treatment plan or make the appointment with the veterinary dentists if necessary.
Plaque is a common issue with dogs. This is due to several factors that you as a pet owner can help reduce. One simple step is the same step you take with your own teeth. Brushing your dog's teeth on a routine basis can help remove the plaque and reduce issues such as bacteria. It can also help reduce tooth loss and decay that could lead to other serious dental issues in your dog and the need for veterinary dentistry. Keep in mind that you can find different dog brushes and toothpaste for dogs' teeth at most pet stores.
If you have noticed swelling in specific areas of your dog's mouth or raised bumps around teeth, it could be oral tumors. Oral tumors are like any other tumor in the sense they can be cancerous and lead to further cancer complications or issues. The first step is to have your dog taken to the veterinarian. The veterinarian will perform a check and either handle the veterinary dentistry themselves, including removing a piece of the tumor for biopsy, or they will give a referral to a veterinary dentist.
These are just a few of the oral health issues your dogs may already have that could lead to veterinary dentistry. If you think your dog has any of these issues, contact your veterinarian and schedule an appointment. They can check your dog and let you know what issues are present and what other issues may be there as well.