The American Veterinary Medical Association has declared February “National Pet Dental Health Month”. Pets struggle with a variety of dental problems including periodontal disease, alignment issues, and fractured teeth in carnivores and overgrown teeth making it difficult to eat in herbivores. Besides causing pain, infection from the mouth may spread throughout the body infecting everything from heart valves to the kidneys. Therefore, it is vital to check your pet’s mouth frequently and perform home care. Remember, “Pets need dental care, too.”
Pictured below is a cat with a painful, fractured lower canine tooth that I found on physical examination.