Your pet’s dental health is just as important as everyone else in your family. Sadly, it is reported by the American Veterinary Dental Society that 70% of cats and 80% of dogs suffer from gum disease by age three. Gum disease or periodontal disease is the number one reported illness among cats and dogs. Dental care should be a priority for all pets as it can greatly improve their health. Pets who suffer from periodontal disease can develop heart, kidney or liver problems. It is never too late to include proper dental care in your pet’s routine. Schedule an appointment to discuss how we can work together to give your furry friend a healthy mouth. Call us at 506-858-9900.
What is gum disease in pets?
Gum disease comes from the bacteria left behind when your pet eats. Bacteria, saliva and other particles form plaque over your pet’s teeth. If the plaque isn’t brushed off then the bacteria multiply. As the bacteria grows, enzymes are released to fight the bacteria, which breaks down gum tissue. Your cherished pet’s gums become inflamed or start to bleed. This can also result in receding gums or even worse – tooth loss.
My pet is always drooling. Is this a sign of periodontal disease?
Drooling is one of the many signs of gum disease. If you notice red/ swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, sneezing and nasal discharge or chewing on one side then your pet may have periodontal disease.
What can I do to improve my pet’s oral health?
1. Brush their teeth daily. Including brushing in your pet’s daily routine might be a challenge at first but they get used to it in no time. Our veterinary care team can show you the right way to brush your loyal companion’s teeth. You should always make sure to use a pet safe toothbrush and toothpaste as anything else can harm them.
2. Give your pet treats or special foods that clean their teeth while they eat. You can ask our veterinarians to recommend treats that improve your pet’s oral health.
3. Only purchase toys or treats that are gentle on your pet’s teeth. You should avoid real bones, cow hooves or tennis balls as these may be too hard for your pet to chew on and can damage their teeth.
What dental services does your hospital offer for pets?
Our hospital offers regular dental cleanings, dental surgery, periodontal disease treatment, dental assessments, removal of tartar buildup and extractions. We recommend your pet comes in once every year for a dental assessment, just to make sure their oral health is in top shape. During dental procedures, our team works with compassion to make sure your pet is comfortable.