SFVS’s Jamie Anderson, DVM, MS, DAVDC, DACVIM, is featured in the January 2009 edition of Fetch the Paper. Her article on canine dentistry, titled “Dog Dentistry; Do try this at home!,” appears in the “Health Matters” section of the paper. The piece discusses what’s normal (and what’s not) as far as canine oral health, and touches on some of the most common conditions (gingivitis, periodontitis).
When your pup yawns, have a good look in her mouth. This is one of the best ways to check your dog’s oral and dental health at home, and the things you see could save your pet’s life.
Of course, the oral examination is an important part of every dog’s physical examination with her veterinarian. Sometimes, however, what you see at home will prompt a visit to your veterinarian and direct specific treatment. All too often, diseases in the mouth aren’t found until it’s too late to treat them.
When your pet yawns, there’s a lot to see. Just like you, dogs and cats have gums, teeth, a tongue, a palate and salivary glands. And just like yours, these structures can be healthy or diseased.
Read the entire article: Dog Dentistry; Do try this at home!
Related: Dentistry & Oral Surgery at SFVS