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How Do I Know If My Pet Needs To See A Dentist?


If your pet has stinky breath it’s important to realise that this is not normal and that it may be time to see a dentist.

Don’t be tempted to simply turn your head away as bad breath can be a sign that your pet is suffering from dental disease, a sneaky condition that likes to creep up on your pet.

As the disease progresses, plaque and tartar build up around the teeth leading to an inflammatory condition called gingivitis. Eventually the gum separates from the tooth and small pockets of bacteria accumulate.

You should not ignore this disease. It is painful and can impact the overall health of your pet as the bacteria enter the bloodstream and make their way around your pet’s body.

Signs of dental disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Redness of the gums
  • Drooling from the mouth
  • A loss of appetite or weight loss

Sometimes the signs are subtle and you may not notice anything at all. This is why regular check-ups with Dr Peter are so important as during any routine examination he will always examine your pet’s mouth to rule out the need for further intervention.

If he diagnoses dental disease early enough, he can implement a treatment plan and slow the progression of this condition. Your pet will be healthier and pain-free and you will be able to be kissed by your furry friend without being hit in the face with doggy breath!

Pet Doctors are always here to answer any questions you might have about your pet’s dental health.