Many people don’t realize how important their pet’s dental hygiene is. Aside from having more pleasant breath, keeping your pet’s mouth healthy helps maintain their overall health. Periodontal disease can be linked to heart problems, and chronic pain can make it difficult for your pet to maintain a normal diet. The Veterinary Dental Society states that 70% of cats and 80% of dogs, over the age of three suffer from periodontal disease. Providing the necessary dental care for your cat or dog can even increase their lifespan by 2-5 years.
Retained baby teeth can also cause dental problems in pets too!. The baby teeth have to fall out. Sometimes, not all of the baby teeth want to come out. This can lead to problems like gum irritation and tartar buildup.
Brooker Ridge Animal Hospital is focusing on the prevention of periodontal disease by educating the pet owners, on how to achieve good oral care at home. Dogs and cats can be experts at hiding their discomfort. There are signs that you can look for that could indicate that you want to get your pet’s teeth examined at their next visit to the veterinarian.
- Excessive drooling and difficulty keeping food/water in their mouths
- Any bleeding of the gums or around the mouth area
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight
- Bad breath
- Discoloured or missing teeth
- Any sensitivity when you touch the mouth area
Dental health problems can be a difficult and costly conditions to treat. Early treatment of any signs of gum disease are the best way to keep your vet costs low, and to keep your pet happy, healthy, and smiling. You can discuss the best food and treat options for dental care, as well as how to properly brush your pet’s teeth with your veterinarian. Book your pet for a dental exam now.