Do you have questions about taking care of your dog’s teeth? We’ve answered some commonly asked questions below:
My veterinarian told me dental problems are common is dogs. How will I know if my dog has a dental problem?
Dental disease is the most common disease in both dogs and cats, with about 70% of all dogs over the age of 3 being affected. If you were to notice any sign of red and/or bleeding gums in your dog, tartar accumulation on or around the teeth, or signs of any mouth discomfort or fowl smelling breath, it may be time to contact your veterinarian for a dental exam and a teeth cleaning.
Night Time Activity
Young cats are very active and can be an annoyance to their owners at times. These youngsters tend to be more active during evening hours, frequently disturbing the sleep of their human companion. Cats are crepuscular, or more active at dawn and dusk, by nature as they have adapted to hunting in darkness. Although, if a cat is content with the attention and exercise it experiences before its owners bed time, chances are good that its schedule will gradually match that of the pet owner’s. To help facilitate this, a young cat who tends to nap during the day should be woken up by the pet owner if possible.
Too commonly seen in people, there are also an increasingly amount of overweight pets in today’s society. True, obesity can be the result of a metabolic disorder, but is frequently the product of excessive caloric intake and not enough exercise. Likewise, weight loss can be the result of an intentional weight loss program or a disease process.
Obesity in Pets
It is no secret that obesity is in direct relation to a myriad of health problems in humans; the same can be said for pets. An overweight pet is in jeopardy for diabetes, heart and respiratory problems and numerous joint, ligament and tendon disorders. In fact, obese felines often develop skin diseases from being incapable to properly groom themselves. In essence, obese pets play against shorter and more uncomfortable lives, just as obese people.