You may not even notice if your dog or cat has gum disease until the problem is very bad. Dogs and cats may be living with CHRONIC PAIN that they instinctively hide to avoid showing weakness.
Food, saliva and bacteria work together in your pet’s mouth to form plaque and tartar on the teeth. This leads to GUM DISEASE: gingivitis (red inflamed gums), gum recession and bone loss. Untreated gum disease can however lead to more than just pain, it can
- INCREASE THE RISK OF HEART, KIDNEY AND LIVER DISEASE.
- It can also DESTROY BONE and lead to TOOTH LOSS or worse – a FRACTURED JAW!
SO HOW DO I TELL IF MY PET NEEDS A DENTAL?
- CHECK FOR BEHAVIOURAL CHANGES:
o Excessive drooling
o Pawing/scratching at the face
o Difficulty chewing or only chewing on one side of the mouth
o Loss of interest in chew toys and treats
o Sensitive mouth area
- CHECK YOUR PETS MOUTH FOR:
o Bad doggy/kitty breath
o Red/inflamed gums
o Plaque/tartar build-up
o Bumps/lumps in the mouth
o Fractured or loose teeth
- CHECK WATER BOWLS AND TOYS FOR BLOOD
If you are unsure if your pet has any of the problems mentioned above bring your pet in for a DENTAL EXAM with Andre, Mariana or Lyndi. We can advise if our pet needs dental cleaning, tooth extractions or if you’re just need to start brushing your fur kids teeth!
THE 5 BEST WAYS TO KEEP YOUR PET’S TEETH CLEAN:
1) Regular dental check-ups and cleanings
2) Regular brushing with PET TOOTHPASTE – Brushing will reduce the amount of bacteria in your pets mouth that leads to plaque and tartar and maintain white/shiny teeth
3) Feeding good quality food – Using good quality pet food brands like Eukanuba and Hills can help.
4) Some pets may even benefit from a ‘dental diet’ that helps clean their teeth as they chew
5) Safe dental chews and toys
Mouth washes and water additives can help keep breath fresh and reduce plaque and tartar formation