As a pet owner, you are going to want to make sure that you are well aware of the signs that may indicate that your pet is in need of professional dental care. To help you with this, you will want to check out the following signs of dental issues in pets.

Persistent Bad Breath

It is not uncommon for your pet to occasionally experience some bad breath. Their bad breath is usually the direct result of something that they just ate or they could be in need of teeth cleaning. You can help your pet get rid of the bad breath by brushing its teeth with pet toothpaste that can be purchased at most pet supply stores. You can then give your pet some flavorful treats that are designed to help fight bad breath. However, if you find that after going through all of that, your pet still has an issue with bad breath, you will want to take it to the vet who can perform pet dentistry. Your pet may have gum disease or an infected tooth, as both of those can cause excessive bad breath.

Problems With The Gums 

There are a lot of problems that could present themselves in the gums of your pet. It is vital that you are paying close attention to the oral health of your pet by visually inspecting its gums about once a week. Simply have your pet sit down on the floor or on your lap and open its mouth so you can get a close look. If the gums appear to be red, swollen, or they are bleeding, you will want to make an immediate appointment with your vet for dentistry services. The problem could be an infection, an injury, or gum disease. Whatever it is, the condition can get a lot worse if it is ignored so do not delay in setting up that appointment. 

Inability To Eat Like Normal

If you have noticed that your dog is suddenly not eating its food like it used to, you might want to give the vet a call. It could be that your pet is experiencing pain or discomfort in its mouth when trying to eat and is therefore not eating as much. This could result in weight loss and other health problems due to the lack of proper nourishment. So if you notice that more than a day goes by where your pet does not want to eat or is showing signs of struggle when eating, it is time to call for pet dentistry services.

With those few things in mind, you should have no trouble determining when you need to have your pet checked for dental problems.