As a pet parent, you certainly want your animals healthy. Dental health plays a vital role in the overall health of your pet. Just like us, your pet can develop plaque and tartar on their teeth. This is formed by food particles and bacteria. The bacteria spreads to the gums, causing inflammation also known as gingivitis. Over time the bacteria spreads and works its way deeper around the teeth, resulting in periodontal disease. Unfortunately this can lead to more problems. The key to keeping your furry friends healthy is prevention. Be sure to schedule your pets
appointment today for a dental exam and evaluation.
- Brushing your pet’s teeth a few times a week is an excellent way at maintaining good oral health. Make sure you are using a toothpaste that is safe for your pet.
- Give them special treats that are approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). Visit vohc.org for more detailed information on what types of food and treats you should be giving your pets.
- Provide dental toys that are designed to help reduce plaque from building up.
- Have your pet’s teeth cleaned professionally at least twice a year. This is done under general anesthesia.
There are so many reasons as to why you want to keep your pets in good oral health other than just ensuring a long and healthy life. No one wants to see their pet in pain but unfortunately periodontal disease can be very painful. By allowing periodontal disease to settle in, your pets become at risk for developing organ damage. The bacteria in the plaque can enter the bloodstream and spread to the heart, liver and kidneys. This causes your pet to become very ill and can even be fatal.
Some indications that your pet may be experiencing periodontal disease include:
- Teeth becoming loose or falling out
- Poor grooming
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums
- Excessive salivating
- Decreased or loss of appetite and weight loss
- Facial swelling
- Discharge from the nose and eyes
- Pawing at face
- Dropping food while eating
Again, prevention is the key so schedule your pets appointment today!