Many oral conditions such as periodontal disease and malocclusions (orthodontic problems) are chronic so pets adapt to the progressive discomfort, displaying few (if any) behavioural changes, until the pain becomes unbearable. Even with problems that cause acute pain (such as dental fractures) dogs and cats will often keep eating if they can – if they have a sore mouth they have one problem, but if they are also hungry they have two problems!
Even if we are very close to our pets, we cannot rely on them communicating their dental problems to us in a clear way. In fact, it’s very common for pet owners to comment that they didn’t notice the subtle signs of pain or general unwellness their pet was showing until the problem is resolved!
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