80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of periodontal disease by the time they’re 3 years old. There are plenty of things you can do as a pet owner such as brushing their teeth, feeding them a dental diet, dental chews/treats and/or food/water additives.
Signs of dental disease include:
- Bad breath
- Yellow-brown crust on teeth
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums
- Change in chewing or eating habits
- Pawing at the mouth or face
- Loose, broken or abscessed teeth
- Abnormal drooling
If left untreated, oral disease can lead to serious consequences for your pet, including pain, bad breath and tooth loss. Chronic infections can even spread to the major organs, where they can seriously compromise your pet’s health. Infections can spread throughout the body and damage the heart, lung, liver and negatively affect kidney functions.
Dental care is unfortunately one of the most overlooked health issues that pet owners concern themselves with. As in humans, plaque bacteria constantly forms in the mouth of all cats and dogs. Once plaque has calcified into tartar it can no longer be brushed off. In many cases it has to be removed by a vet using ultrasound and anesthetic. So call today!