It’s always a good idea to get ahead of your pet’s dental problems. Some of the most common signs of poor dental health in cats and dogs include:
Red or swollen gums: Red or swollen gums may be a symptom of gingivitis, which can lead to periodontal (gum) disease.
Discoloured gums: Dark patches or discolourations on your cat or dog’s gums often indicate periodontal disease.
Discoloured teeth: Plaque build-up on and around your cat or dog’s teeth can lead to painful cavities, abscesses, and disease.
Chipped teeth: Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth may not be easy to spot, but can be very painful for cats and dogs, cause eating problems, or make your pet vulnerable to infection.
Weight loss: Not all dental problems are visible, so if your cat or dog is losing weight quickly, it could be due to a dental health issue that’s preventing them from eating.
Eating habits: Dental problems may be behind sudden changes in your cat or dog’s eating habits.