Did you know that more than half of all dogs and cats have some form of gum disease by the age of 3? If left untreated, gum disease can eventually affect an animal’s internal organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys. It can also cause a great deal of pain and result in tooth loss. That’s why maintaining your pet’s oral health is so important for their overall health. As a responsible pet owner, you take good care of your pet. But do you always remember to take care of his/her teeth? Pets have dental diseases and problems just like people and they can be painful.
Signs of Dental Problems
You can prevent serious pet dental problems from happening by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination, again at six months of age, and then annually. In between visits to the veterinarian, check your pet’s teeth regularly for signs of problems.
Symptoms of dental disease include:
- Bad breath: one of the first signs of dental disease
- A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Red, swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding during eating or mouth contact
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Loose or missing teeth
Does your pet have bad breath or reddened gums?
If so, gingivitis could be the cause. Gingivitis occurs when soft plaque hardens into rough, irritating tartar. Tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth can cause damage to the teeth and gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to an infection called periodontal disease. This disease can cause the loss of teeth.
Your Pet’s Dental Cleanings
For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. Consequently, a person’s visit to the dentist is relatively brief and does not require sedation. In contrast, your pet’s dental care is considerably more involved, time-consuming and complex. It requires general anesthesia and a day’s hospitalization – along with the skills of several people, from veterinarians to veterinary technicians and assistants.
Home Care and Prevention
Dental care does not end with a visit to Hospital de Animales Perla del Sur. You need to continue your veterinarian’s good work at home. Brushing your pet’s teeth is an important part of home dental care. We will show you the proper method of brushing your pet’s teeth.
Give Your Pet Complete Dental Care
Annual veterinary dental care and home dental care help keep your pet’s breath fresh and gums and teeth healthy and pain free. Your pet’s smile and healthier life will be matched by your smile and pride in a job well done.