|My! What nice teeth you have!|
|Can you tell Butterscotch is a little sore today?|
Pets like us, will often chew their food on the non painful side when they have a bad tooth. So you may not see an obvious problem with eating. Also, some dogs eat so fast and love their food so much they really don't chew it. They quickly swallow the pellets and drink a bunch of water to digest the food. Cats tend to graze all day on their dry food so it may be difficult to tell if they are eating less. Very true if you have more than one cat. Wet food is easier to eat, so eating is not a good indicator for early dental problems in cats.
Many dogs and cats will have a different odor about their breath as tartar is getting worse and the gums are becoming inflamed. The odor may be really bad, or just different and it will not be as strong day to day. This may be a bit confusing to you. Sometimes you smell something stinky but you can't find what it is. You look in the ears, you give your pet a bath but still ugh! In this case think of the teeth and take your pet to your veterinarian to have an exam. If your veterinarian has recommended a dentistry in the past, call and make that appointment.
|Butter loves chin rubs.|
If he didn't - that's a clue
Your dog may not be chewing on rawhide, nylabone or catching a ball. Does your dog like to chew on things? It may hurt to chew now. Often when I find a broken molar, the owner will comment " He stopped chewing on his rawhide a while ago but I just thought he did not like the flavor. He still plays with his softer toys." Don't feel bad that you may have missed a problem. It can be difficult to see that broken tooth. They can only tell you with their behavior.
|tartar on the back molars you can't |
see that causes pain
There was a beloved little dog that I could never examine unless he was held fast and tight. Even then, if I touched him at, all he would explode shaking, snarling and desperately wanting to bite at anyone who handled him. He would not even let a groomer cut his hair. One day we agreed to sedate him deeply for a much needed hair cut and clean his teeth. The poor little guy - he had multiple deeply infected teeth that had to be removed because they were infecting his whole mouth. We did not know, because he would never let anyone near his face. After extracting multiple teeth and a pain reliever, I saw him on a recheck a few days later. He was wagging his tail and let me pet him!!!!! I was shocked to say the least. Removing his painful teeth helped him to be dramatically less aggressive. I was able to do a full physical after that, and he wagged his tail when he came in for his exams. I will never forget this case, and it reminds me daily to screen for pain problems when I hear about aggression.
|Ranger and I say hi!|