Did you know that tooth and gum problems in dogs and cats are very common, with 80% of pets over 3 years of age suffering from some degree of dental disease, causing ill health and pain?
Periodontal or gum disease caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar has become the number one health problem for dogs.
Without proper dental care, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will show signs of oral disease by age three. In order to help your pet maintain healthy teeth and gums, we recommend:
A nutritious diet
Regular brushing at home
Yearly dental checkups by your veterinarian
Senior pets should be examined twice a year. An older pet’s heart, kidneys and liver are more sensitive to the effects of the bacteria that cause dental disease.
Don’t let your pet chew on hard materials like bones or stones. They can wear down and even break teeth, damage gums, and lead to infection.
Watch out for wood – throwing sticks to dogs or letting your cat pick up a piece of wood with his mouth can result in splinters and gum damage.
Pets can develop serious, even life-threatening illness due to the bacteria in their mouths when they have dental disease. Among the organs damaged by these oral bacteria are the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, and bladder.
Some of the signs that indicate dental disease are:
Pawing at the mouth
Change in eating habits
Not allowing face or mouth to be touched
Swelling on cheeks or below the eyes could indicate a tooth root abscess
Dental scaling and polishing under general anesthesia may be required, along with any necessary extractions, if your pet is exhibiting these symptoms.
To help prevent Dental Disease, brushing your pet’s teeth with pet toothpaste on a gauze or small pet toothbrush is optimal. Oral hygiene solution added to your pet’s drinking water is another option. There are also healthy dental treats on the market to help remove forming tarter.
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