Tartar buildup, bleeding gums, loose teeth, and bad breath are reasons to schedule a dental exam.
Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to experts, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by their third birthday. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in dogs and cats.
In some cases, your dog or cat will likely try to hide any signs of discomfort or pain they’re feeling. You should be vigilant of any of the following signs of dental disease so we can support your dog or cat. Common signs of dental disease include:
Even if your dog or cat doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to the deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery. To book your dog or cat’s next appointment, please contact us at 613-247-0013.
Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body. Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they can result in death. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if the infection in the mouth has spread.
By booking a dental care appointment, we can also show you how to brush your dog or cat’s teeth as well as recommend food and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.
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