Dental disease is the #1 illness affecting pets.
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Dental disease can lead to serious health complications for your pet.
Dental disease when untreated can lead to serious complications of the heart, lung, and kidneys. Bacteria from dental disease can have serious, even fatal consequences for your pet. Most pet owners understand the importance of a regular grooming and exercise routine for their pet, but proper dental care is often overlooked.
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How important is your pet's dental health?
“How goes the mouth, so goes the health,” said Dr. Bert Dodd, clinical professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Overall health can be affected by oral disease, which can get into the blood stream and affect the animal’s internal organs and joints.”
By age 3, 80% of pets are already shwing signs of dental disease. With an annual dental exam, dental cleaning and a good oral hygiene routine, dental disease can be prevented.
Symptoms of Pet Dental Disease
Pets aren’t typically known to have minty-fresh breath, but an extremely foul odor can be the first sign of a severe dental problem. Often, exceptionally bad breath is the first indicator of oral disease.
Top indicators of dental disease in pets:
- bad breath
- hard yellow or brown residue on teeth (tartar)
- excessive drooling
- inflamed gums
- bleeding or red gums
- loose teeth
- bumps or lumps in mouth
- not wanting head touched
More mouth problems that could arise from poor dental hygiene include periodontal disease, gingivitis, halitosis, gum disease, mouth tumors, dropping food and facial pain. If your pet begins to show any sign of mouth discomfort or exceptionally foul breath please have it examained by on of our veterinarians here at ABC Veterinary Hospital.
Caring for Your Pet's Teeth
Dental care for your pet should begin early on, so it is vital that we show you how to properly care for their teeth and gums right from the start. Our veterinarians can provide demonstrations of the most effective and hassle-free way to brush your pet’s teeth, as well as which diets and toys are the safest and most effective in maintaining good oral hygiene.
It is not a good idea to let your dog chew on any of the following items.
These items can all cause harm to the gums and teeth:
- antlers or calf hooves
Dental Hygiene for Your Pet
The most important step in caring for your pet’s dental health is complete annual dental exam and cleaning. Radiographs (X-rays) will be taken to identify problem areas that aren't visible to the eye. Dental exams should be performed more frequently if home care can’t be done or if the animal has any other oral problems. At ABC Veterinary Hospital we perform diagnostic blood work before dental cleaning to ensure your pet's organs are functioning properly and minimize any risks associated with anasthesia. The benefits of the dental exam and cleaning far outweigh the small risks of anasthesia.
Your pet's dental hygiene schould include:
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Dental health should be a daily routine for you and your pet. Remember that your dog's oral health has a direct effect on their overall health. Clean teeth will help extend the life of your pet, giving you more years to enjoy your pet's companionship.