When was the last time you had your pet’s teeth cleaned? According to the AVMA, pets who have never had a teeth cleaning have signs of dental disease by the time they are three years old. For that reason, We recommend having a dental examination performed to determine the level of possible dental disease your pet may be experiencing after 3 years of age. If a dental cleaning is found to be necessary, our doctor will create an estimate specifically tailored to your pets needs so that we may perform a dental with the utmost safety.
Gum Disease in Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats are prone to developing the same types of dental diseases and problems as humans, including gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, staining and cavities. The process of dental decay and disease starts every time your pet eats. When your pet eats, food particles get on their teeth and gums. This fuels the bacteria in your pet’s mouth, causing an acid attack on the enamel of their teeth and creating a sticky, clear substance called plaque. If the plaque is left on teeth, it hardens into tartar. When plaque and tartar are left on your pet’s teeth for an extended period of time, it can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, cavities and oral infections.
Signs of Dental Disease in Pets
When it comes to detecting potential oral health problems in pets, owners must be vigilant in noticing changes in behavior. This is because pets often do not act like they are in pain until the pain is severe. If you notice any of the signs below, it is important that you contact us to schedule a dental checkup, teeth cleaning and gum disease treatment.
- Broken or Loose Teeth
- Discomfort While Eating
- Extremely bad Breath
- Green discharge or Bloody Drool
- Red Gums
- Staining on the Teeth
- Swollen or Inflamed Gums
- Weight Loss or Loss of Appetite
The Hazards of Untreated Periodontal Disease in Pets
Untreated periodontal disease in dogs and cats can lead to dangerous infections, like abscesses and blood infections. Advanced dental disease may also affect your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys. In order to avoid these potentially life-threatening conditions, it is important to keep your pet’s teeth clean with a combination of at-home care and regular veterinary teeth cleanings.
Pet Dental Cleanings
Our practice recommends that all dogs and cats receive routine dental checkups at least once a year. Pet dental checkups include an examination of your pet’s head, neck, face, ears and mouth in order to check for signs early dental disease. Once the basic examination is complete, and if your pet is in need of a dental cleaning under anaesthesia, we will create an estimate for you and book your pet for a proper cleaning below the gum line to remove tartar, plaque, and broken/rotten teeth (if necessary).
To learn more about our veterinary dental services and how they can protect the health of your pet, call us at 604-371-3301 today for more information.