talk to your dogFebruary is dental health month. If Samson and Delilah could talk, they might like to talk to you about their teeth. In fact, your dog or cat may already be communicating to you that they are in need of dental care. Here’s the rough guide to help you translate…

Howlitosis. Dogs and cats that have ‘doggie breath’ or a fishy smell are symptoms of increased bacteria in the mouth. Your pet is telling you that they need to be evaluated for periodontal disease.

Blood Hound. Bloody or ropey saliva, bleeding or red gums is usually due to periodontal disease. It could also mean that your pet has a broken tooth, ulcers, or a mass in the mouth. You may notice blood on toys or around food and water dishes. Severe cases of periodontal disease may also result in bleeding from the nose!

New Tricks. Sometimes a change in behavior – like sudden irritability – is a signal that there is an oral problem. Some dogs or cats suddenly don’t want their head touched, or they start favoring one side of the mouth when chewing. They may have problems picking up a toy, or stop grooming themselves.

Cool Cat. Animals in the wild often hide their pain as a means of self preservation. Unfortunately, your pet may communicate that they’re in pain the same way – by hiding it.

Even though your pet can’t really talk about dental health, it’s still a great month to talk about it. So why don’t you come in and talk to us! Call us to schedule your appointment today!