To do all that you can to keep your pet healthy, it's important to take a proactive approach to the animal's dental health. Your to-do list will vary based on the type of pet that you have, but cleaning its teeth yourself and/or visiting your local veterinary clinic for professional cleanings are generally important. You should also do your best to keep an eye on your pet's mouth in an attempt to notice any issues that require the care of a veterinarian. Dental abscesses are an issue that can affect many pets, much in the same manner as they can affect humans. If you notice one of the following potential indicators of an abscess, you should visit a veterinary clinic.
Disinterest In Food
Most pets are excited when there's an opportunity to eat something, so it's a concern if your pet shows little to no interest in its food. There are several potential reasons for a pet's appetite to decrease, including the presence of a dental abscess. This dental condition causes considerable pain around the affected area in the animal's mouth, which can make your pet disinterested in meals and even treats.
Not Letting You Investigate
Lots of pets are tolerant when their owners have to check their mouths. For example, you might have ample experience checking the teeth of your dog for various reasons. Even if the dog doesn't necessarily enjoy this process, it may not put up much resistance. When the pet has a dental abscess, its pain can be so considerable that it doesn't let you touch its mouth. The animal may repeatedly pull away from you when you put your hands near the affected area. In some cases, the pet may even become aggressive. These are clear indicators that something is wrong and that a veterinarian should assess your pet to check for an abscess.
If you're able to touch your pet's mouth without much trouble, it's possible that you'll be able to see a visual indicator of a dental abscess. Commonly, there's a lump in the affected area. The lump will vary in size based on the severity of the abscess, but it will usually stand out and catch your attention. It's important to realize that you can't do anything yourself to deal with the abscess. Don't try to touch the area, as doing so will only cause your pet more pain. Instead, contact the veterinary clinic to explain the situation and set an appointment.