Whenever we find a lump on a much-loved pet, it is not uncommon for our minds to leap straight to the worst-case scenario. While there are cancers that can produce malignant tumours in the mouth area, there are also non-cancerous causes. Your vet can test the lump if needed by taking a biopsy, which is another reason to make that vet visit promptly.
For any oral health issue that is causing an obvious problem, the vet is the first destination. They can properly examine your dog’s mouth under anaesthetic, and clean their teeth thoroughly. Any teeth that need extraction can be removed, and any other oral health problems can be diagnosed and a treatment plan devised. A regular dental exam from the vet is an important part of keeping your dog’s mouth as healthy as possible.
Frequent examinations of your dog’s mouth, for instance, while completing regular teeth brushing, will allow you to spot any new and suspicious lumps or bumps as quickly as possible and take your dog to the vet to have them looked at.
A healthy dog mouth has clean white teeth, with no obvious cracks, cavities or broken teeth. The gums are an even pink colour, with no red spots, swellings or lumps and bumps. There should not be any sign of bad breath.
Mouths are vital to our dogs. Not only do they eat and drink using their mouths, but the mouth is also an essential part of how they investigate and interact with their world. This is why it is important to make sure they have great oral health and check their mouths regularly for signs of any problems, including the presence of any lumps or bumps. The best way to check is to have a look when completing your regular dog tooth brushing.
The most common offender concerning oral health in dogs is gum disease, and one of the most frequent causes of bad breath in dogs.
Oral health, the wellness of your dog’s teeth and gums, is central to their wellbeing. Making sure that the mouth is clean and healthy helps keep the entire dog in good condition, also reducing the likelihood of the unpleasantness of a dog’s bad breath. Periodontal disease is a common problem, with studies showing that 80% of dogs having suffered from at least one stage of gum disease by the time they reach three years of age. This makes gum disease probably the most common mouth issue that occurs in dogs.
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