Raise Your Dental Awareness Concerning Your Pet
Oral disease is the most commonly diagnosed health issue at animal clinics. Studies show that up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop signs of periodontal disease or gingivitis before they turn 3 years old.
Without regular cleaning at home, bacteria and plaque can easily build up on your pet's teeth and gums. This leads to bad breath and gingivitis. It also provides an opportunity for bacteria to enter your pet's bloodstream causing heart, liver, lung, and kidney damage.
Luckily, oral diseases are almost entirely preventable through routine dental exams and home care. If you have any questions, please call Heartland Animal Hospital today!
Be Aware of the Signs of Oral Issues
If the gums of your pet are bleeding, they may be suffering from gingivitis or a more severe periodontal disease. Without proper treatment, this can lead to oral pain or tooth loss. These issues can suppress your pet's desire to eat. Be on the lookout for a loss of appetite, excessive drooling, and loose teeth.
Take Care of Your Pet's Teeth
We strongly recommend that you make dental exams and cleaning a part of your pet's regular veterinary visits. In between cleanings, you can help keep your pet's teeth in great shape with an oral home care plan.
This includes things such as brushing, special dietary aides, and additional techniques that offer year-round oral care to your pet. Only use toothpaste in flavors and formulas that are designed specifically for pets.