You might find this surprising, but your pets can have many similar dental problems as humans. They too can develop gum disease and tooth decay. The sad part is, that they cannot do much about it on their own.
Below are some fascinating facts about our pet’s oral health that can help us take care of them better.
Generally, dogs have their full set of adult teeth by six to seven months old. It would be a good idea to consult with your vet about safe teething toys for your pups.
If you have noticed foul mouth odors from your dog or cat, it can signify early – and painful – dental issues like gum disease or gingivitis.
Gum disease is very common among cats and dogs, since sadly, many owners do not brush their pet’s teeth. By the time they are three years of age, about 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats are already showing signs of dental issues.
Did you know that rabbit teeth can grow up to three inches per year?
Rabbits and hamsters chew on wooden toys and eat fibrous foods to keep their teeth manageably short.
Ferrets absolutely love chewing on wire cages, and at times chip or break their teeth in the process. If this happens, take your pet to the vet right away to prevent infection.
Amazingly, ferrets have forty teeth! That is eight more than us!
In most species, a change in appetite or bad breath can be signs of oral health issues, so if you notice anything unusual, be sure to bring your pet to the veterinarian for a complete checkup.
As always, preventive care is the best way to prevent gum disease and tooth decay, so take care of your pet’s oral health to keep them healthy and happy!