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Clues of Dental Disease in Dogs:
- Bad breath.
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar.
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area.
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.
- Bleeding from the mouth.
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight (this combination can result from diseases of many organs, and early veterinary examination is important).
- Inflamed gums
- Tumors in the gums
- Cysts under the tongue
Clues of dental pain in Horses:
Sometimes obviously originate in the mouth, other times these clues are not straightforward. All are accompanied moderate to severe pain. These clues can include the following;
1) Manure contains large pieces of forage and undigested grain
2) Excessive spillage of grain, difficulty chewing
3) Weight loss and poor coat
4) Decreased athletic performance
6) Head tilts, head tossing, or bucking
7) Bad breath
8) Bit chewing, fighting the bit, decreased communication with rider though bit
9) Tongue lolling
10) Tail wringing
11) ADR syndrome “ain’t doin right”, lethargy, depression, inappetance
(not eating well).
If your Reining horse resists stopping, your Barrel horse doesn’t complete a turn, your Hunter resists the introduction and signals of the bit, or your Mini looks dull and depressed, your horse may have dental disease.
Don't turn your nose to Fido's or Fluffy's bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet's teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.
Clues of Dental Disease in Cats:
- Decreased appetite or complete loss of appetite
- Bad breath
- Weight loss
- Yellow, brown, or black teeth
- Swollen, red, or bleeding gums
- Blood in the saliva
- Receding gums
- Missing or broken teeth
- Cat may choose softer foods
- Play with chew toys less
- Decline crunchy treats.
- Chewing on one side of his mouth more than the
- vomiting undigested, poorly chewed food
- increased salivation,
- pawing at or rubbing the face are indicators of oral pain.
Some Common Equine Dental Problems
Horse teeth wear in specific patterns throughout the animal’s life. Wear patterns can change due to variances in the diet, environmental conditions such as sandy soil, or even vices like cribbing. Uneven wear of the teeth is the most common dental issue for today’s domestic horses.
Some typical tooth wear issues that may impact your horse include the following conditions:
Dr. Sheldon Rubin gives easy, step-by-step instructions on how to teach a dog or cat to accept a daily tooth brushing. He also describes healthy treats, and explains the true risks of periodontal disease in pets.
Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs even though it's completely preventable. Dr. Cindy Charlier explains what periodontal disease is and how we can prevent our pets from getting it.
Dr. Jan Bellows, president of the American Veterinary Dental College and owner of All Pets Dental in Weston, Fla., discussed the importance of dental health for our pets in an interview for our Animal Tracks podcast series. Listen now.