Watch Out For The "Warning Signs" Of Periodontal Disease:
- Bad breath
- A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Red, swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
Pets have teeth, too – like humans, they need regular dental care. Dirty teeth and bad breath are not only unappealing, but most pet guardians do not realize that they can lead to serious gum disease. Periodontal disease is not only bad for oral health, but it has also been linked to the overall health of pets. Plaque and tartar contain bacteria that under the gum line gain access to blood vessels to travel to other parts of the body. We routinely see pets with chronic bronchitis, chronic kidney insufficiency, liver disease, heart disease and brain abscesses that trace back to unhealthy gums. By age three, 80 percent of all dogs and 70 percent of all cats have some form of periodontal disease.
"Most importantly, patience and a gentle calm way with animals are what make our dental technicians successful; gaining the complete trust and confidence of your pet, allowing us to perform a thorough teeth cleaning."
Your pet does not need to demonstrate any of the warning signs to be suffering from dental disease; however, if your pet has any of these symptoms, periodontal disease may be present. Pets with extensive periodontal disease, those that require extractions or reconstructive techniques, still require full anesthetic procedures.
Our veterinarians can evaluate your pet's oral health and temperament to determine if a professional non-anesthetic dental cleaning is right for them. Please feel free to call any one of our three locations to schedule an appointment for your pet's evaluation.