Thursday, June 19, 2008

Dog Health: dental problems

When taking care of your pet’s health there are some essential and sometimes forgotten dog health elements that do require attention. One of these areas is your dog’s mouth and teeth. Your dog’s mouth is similar yet, in some respects, is very different to a human mouth. Where we eat with our teeth and mouths, and use our hands to do all other things, dogs use their mouths to eat, to pick things up and to clean themselves. This means that if not taken good care of their mouths can lead to serious health risks and dog health problems. So having your dog’s teeth cleaned and properly checked every few months can save you both a lot of pain and hassle.

Some common dental problem signs that can affect your animal’s dog health include a loss of appetite, as your dog will be in too much pain to eat properly, red swollen and bleeding gums, broken teeth and problematic foul breath. Because a dental problem can lead to more serious dog health concerns it is important to get the problem sorted out as soon as you spot it. If you suspect that your dog may have a dental problem your best solution is to get them to a vet as soon as is possible. And the sooner the better as infected gums and tissues can be dangerous to your pet’s overall dog health.