Your dog is your best friend and companion for life, and it’s up to you to make sure he stays happy and healthy for as long as possible. When you take your dog to a Scottsdale veterinarian, be sure to inquire about his dental health. Statistics say that a majority of dogs over the age of four have some type of gum disease, while others may suffer from varying dental issues. Dogs typically try to hide any pain they feel, so you should be aware of what potential dental problems could be. Keep reading to learn about common tooth problems in dogs.
Like humans, puppies have teeth that will eventually fall out to make way for adult teeth. Loose teeth are normal for puppies around four to six months of age—it’s loose teeth in an adult dog that you should watch out for. If you see your adult dog with a loose tooth, it could be due to an accident or some sort of trauma. It can also be a sign of gum disease or other illness. In any case, if you see a loose tooth, give your veterinarian a call.
When a person has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, they might visit the orthodontist to get braces. In dogs, crooked teeth are only addressed when they present a functional problem, such as difficulty eating or irritation of surrounding tissue. A veterinary dentist can help correct the problem so that your dog can be comfortable and healthy.
Gum disease is the most common oral issue in dogs, and may present in symptoms such as swollen, bleeding gums. As plaque builds up on your dog’s teeth, it can harden and turn into tartar. If tartar is left on the teeth, it will advance below the gum line and cause gingivitis, and eventually more severe periodontal disease. Routine dental care can help prevent periodontal disease so your dog can chew play normally.
If you’re concerned about your dog’s dental health, contact Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale at (480) 800-4559. We are proud to provide quality, compassionate care for the animals in your family. Visit our website to learn more about our services.
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