We are offering FREE Dental Checks from Monday 24th September until Friday 28th September!!
Over 80% of cats and dogs over the age of 3 years require some form of dental treatment.
The good news is that the majority of dental problems are treatable and most of them preventable.
Our pets are very poor at letting us know that they are suffering. They may simply be quieter than normal or more withdrawn. Many of us know the pain associated with mouth ulcers, some will have had the misfortune to have experienced a tooth root abscess. The nerve supply to our pet’s teeth is just as efficient as our own – there is no reason to suppose that they do not feel the same level of pain that we do with dental disease.
Detecting pain in our pets can be very difficult – oral pain can be even harder to diagnose. Often it is only when we see an improvement or change in behaviour after effective dental treatment, that we realise that our pet may have been suffering.
Some signs that may indicate that your pet is in pain:
- Reluctance to play
Sometimes pets will gradually lose interest in chewing or playing with toys. However as this is often a gradual change we might think that they have simply lost interest in a particular toy.
- Reluctance to eat
It is only at the far extreme of dental disease that pets will stop eating – although you may notice earlier changes.
- Favouring one side of the mouth
- Dropping food from the mouth when eating
- Appearing to have difficulties in picking up food
- Being reluctant to chew on dry food.
- Pawing at the mouth
Sometimes oral pain can lead to a pet repeatedly scratching at their mouth – sometimes enough to make their face bleed.
- Pain on examination
A reluctance to allow full examination of the mouth may indicate pain. If a swelling on the side of the face appears to be painful when it is touched – it may be associated with an underlying tooth root abscess.
If your pet’s mouth is very painful your vet will need to use a sedative or an anaesthetic to properly assess the situation.
Give us a call on 01670 457271 to book an appointment.