Veterinary Hospital in the Heights: Signs that your cat or dog has dental disease

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Our pets can’t talk and tell us what’s hurting the. That’s why it’s so important that we watch our animal companions for things like dental disease.

Signs that your pet has something going on include:

-Bad breath (halitosis)
-Broken tooth/teeth
-Excessive drooling
-Reluctance to eat, especially dry food, -or to play with chew toys
-Chewing with or favoring one side of       the mouth
-Pawing at or rubbing the muzzle/mouth
-Bleeding from the mouth
-Loss of symmetry of the muzzle and/or lower jaw
-Swollen/draining tracts under (or in front of) the eye
-Sudden change in behavior (aggressive or withdrawn)
-Chronic eye infections or drainage with no exact cause or cure
-Inability to open or close the mouth
-Chronic sneezing
-Discolored tooth/teeth
-Abnormal discharge from nose
-A mass/growth in the mouth

If you see any of these symptoms, take your pet to your veterinarian for a complete oral examination. Your veterinarian may need to sedate or anesthetize your pet, in order to complete the examination..Dental radiographs (X-rays) is often needed to make a proper diagnosis.

Not every veterinarian has the equipment to take dental radiographs. Make sure yours can and has the expertise to treat your pet’s mouth. If he or she can’t, most general practitioners can consult with and make a referral to a veterinarian who has an advanced certification in dentistry.

Urban Animal Veterinary Hospital conveniently located in the Heights, has dental x-ray and we incorporate this into our dental procedures. When we find complicated issues below the gum line, we can refer to the type of veterinary dentist mentioned above. Otherwise our well-equipped dental suite lets us diagnose and treat most dental issues including retained baby teeth, fractured teeth, mobile teeth, tooth root infections and more.

If your pet is experiencing one of the symptoms listed above, call Urban Animal Veterinary Hospital in the Heights and make an appointment today.

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