Oral health can be a major concern that is often over looked or not noticed by owners. Many owners don’t think to look in their pet’s mouths, or their pet really detests it. A common complaint we hear is a foul smell from the pet’s mouth.
What is dental disease?
A build up of tartar that starts on the tooth, but quickly goes under the gum line causing gingivitis and bone loss. This process damages the health and viability of the tooth and surrounding gum tissue.
Who is at risk?
All dogs and cats are at risk. Depending on the size of the dog/cat, genetics, diet, type of food, luck, etc… will depend on the severity and seriousness of dental disease. Toy breeds, and dogs/ cats with crowded teeth tend to develop more severe dental disease.
There are measures that can be taken to prevent, or reduce dental disease. There are several diets on the market that help by mechanically and enzymatically cleaning the teeth, mouth rinses, certain treats, brushing and providing bones. For a list of approved products by the Veterinary Oral Health Council see the link below:
My pet has dental disease now what?
The first step is to bring your pet in for an examination. Our veterinarians will be able to determine the severity of disease, and the next step to address it. Pets frequently require dental cleanings as well as removal of severely diseased or damaged teeth.
What if I ignore dental disease?
Some pets continue to eat and maintain their weight despite having severe dental disease. However, many are thin and have trouble eating. The consequences do not end there. Bacteria in the mouth can travel throughout the body and cause heart, kidney and liver problems. Also, dental disease can be very painful for your pet. Pain can cause pets not to act normal, and even to lash out.
If you think your pet may have dental disease please call the clinic to set up an appointment with one of our veterinarians for a dental assessment.