Both dogs and cats can get dental abscesses. Just like in humans, these types of abscesses are typically caused by decay in the tooth and root. And just like with people, they can be painful and dangerous. An abscess is a type of infection, and if not treated, can spread to the blood stream. This can cause your pet to get sick and possibly even die. Because of this, it is important to know what the signs are of an abscess in your pet. Here are a few of the most common symptoms of this condition in cats and dogs.
Only Chewing on One Side
If your dog or cat has a rotten tooth or a dental abscess, they may start to chew on only one side of their mouth. This is something human’s do as well as it hurts to chew if your tooth or root is inflamed. Your dog or cat may also drop food out of their mouth suddenly when they eat, a sign that it hurts to bite down. If you notice these symptoms, you want to take your pet for a dental screening.
Pulling Away When You Pet Their Face
Another sign of a possible abscess in a pet is that the pet pulls away when you pet or rub them on or near their face. Some animals do not like to have their face touched. If this is the case and has always been, this is not a good indicator for you to use. However, if your pet normally enjoys having their face rubbed and they suddenly start to pull away, it may be because of dental pain.
Scratching or Rubbing the Side of the Face
If your pet has an abscess, that abscess may be bothering them. One of the ways that they may be dealing with this pain is by scratching or rubbing the side of their face. If you notice this, it may be because something is bothering them in this region. If you do not notice anything externally on their face, they may have something in their mouth, like an abscess, that is causing them to display this behavior.
Inflammation Around the Mouth or Eye Area
The last sign of a dental abscess in a pet is swelling or inflammation around the mouth or eye area. If you notice swelling or inflammation, place your hand gently on the area. If it is warm to the touch, it is most likely an infection. If the swelling is around the jaw line, the abscess may be on the lower part of the tooth. If it is on the upper area or near their eye, the abscess is typically an upper tooth. Regardless, your pet needs care if there is swelling in this region.
If you suspect your pet has a dental abscess, you will want to ensure they get treatment from a vet right away. If you are in the Louisville, Kentucky area, St. Matthews Animal Clinic can help. Call us today to schedule an appointment to bring your pet in and let us work to get your pet healthy again in a loving and caring environment.