Dental disease is a frequent health issue in dogs and cats.
Some of the symptoms associated with dental disease include bad breath, bleeding gums, swollen or loose teeth. Generally, dental disease is caused by bacterial plaque being built along the gum line which leads to problems such as gengivitis, infections and inflamed gums. In severe cases, inflammation originated from dental disease can lead to infectious being spread to other parts of the body including heart and kidneys. Therefore, it is crucial that you have your pet’s mouth checked regularly by a vet to assess any problem in early stages and make sure your pet has a perfect dental condition.
Our Veterinarian will examine your pet’s mouth to look for:
- Plaque, Calculus and gingivitis.
- Broken or missing teeth.
- Discoloured teeth, masses and obvious periodontal disease.
In some cases anesthesia is required for deep cleaning, tooth extraction and severe gum diseases.
A simple prevention for you as an owner is brushing your pet’s teeth at home. Pets tend to resist it at the beginning, but accept it quite well if started in early stages (10 weeks to 10 months). It is recommended brushing once a day or at least twice a week. Alternatively, there are prescription diets to prevent dental disease.
Check with your vet for most suitable tooth paste, brush and procedures according to your pet.