Dental Care for Your Pet – How to Keep that Healthy Smile!
Dogs and cats don’t often get cavities. But they do frequently suffer from other types of dental disease. Periodontal or gum disease, in fact, is the number one illness found in both dogs and cats.
What you need to know about dental care for your pet
- Dental disease can cause serious problems for your pet, ranging from gum inflammation and tooth loss to infection and even organ damage.
- Up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats that don’t receive proper dental care will develop signs of dental disease by the age of three.
- Dental disease can be easily prevented by following your veterinarian’s advice regarding dental examinations, home care, and dental cleanings.
Signs of poor dental health
- Bad breath
- Visible tartar on the teeth
- Swelling under the eyes
- Loose or missing teeth
- Difficulty eating
- Discharge from the nose
- Drooling or excessive salivation
- Pawing at the teeth or mouth
- Discoloration or staining of the teeth
- Red, irritated, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Weight loss or loss of appetite
- Lethargy and loss of vitality
Older or ill pets may need dental cleanings more frequently than once a year. Smaller breeds of dogs seem to be particularly bothered by dental disease. Dental problems can cause loss of appetite and weight loss, especially in older pets. Contact us for more information.