Did you know that dental disease is the most common illness in pets, affecting more than 75% of cats and dogs by the age of 3?
Dental care is as important for dogs and cats as it is for humans. In fact, it's vital for their good health. In addition to decaying teeth and destroying bone, bacteria that have built up in the mouth can spread to vital organs (heart, liver, kidneys), causing serious, if not life-threatening — medical problems. Bad breath and tartar buildup are the more obvious warning signs, but you will not recognize the deterioration in its beginning stages, and animals are unable to tell us they are in discomfort or pain.
This is why regular dental health evaluations are a necessary component of your pet's wellness program. Current dental exams provide a baseline for reference in case of future dental problems, and professional cleanings help prevent painful dental disease that can lead to other health issues.
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, please let us know so we can perform a thorough evaluation of your pet's dental health and provide necessary treatment :
- Halitosis (bad breath) – contrary to popular belief, this is not normal in animals
- Excessive Drooling — typically of foul-smelling saliva
- Appearance of plaque or tartar, beginning along the gum line and extending down the tooth (depending on the severity)
- Swollen, reddish gums
- Lack of interest in chew toys
- Discolored teeth
- Chronic eye infections or drainage with no exact cause or cure
- Reluctance to eat (dry food in particular) or reduced appetite
- Broken or fractured tooth/teeth
- Frequent, regular sneezing
- Pawing at or rubbing the muzzle/mouth
- Abnormal discharge from nose
- Favoring one side of the mouth when eating