Just like humans, pets’ teeth need looking after too! The health of their teeth and gums has a significant impact on their overall quality of life. Imagine how your mouth would feelÂ (and smell!) if you never brushed your teeth. Imagine having a really bad toothache and not being able to tell anyone about it.
Our pets feel pain just like we do, but they are not always able to let their owner know when they are uncomfortable or sore. Dogs with bad breath are not normal and usually have a degree of dental disease that needs to be treated. Cats have a nasty array of bacteria in their mouths that can contribute to gingivitis (inflamed gums) and poor hygiene.
In most cases, owners are unaware that there is a problem, not because they don’t care about their pets, but because these problems are hidden away in the mouth. Most animals will continue to eat despite advanced disease, because they would rather eat (even if it’s painful) than go hungry. Bad breath and subtle behavioural changes may be the only hints until the pain becomes unbearable. Drooling, dropping food and reluctance to eat or be handled around the face may eventually become more obvious signs that something is wrong. Unfortunately for our pets, it may take years for such signs to develop.