Paws for Thought; Preventing Dental Disease
posted: Jul. 17, 2020.
Dental Disease is the most common health issue affecting dogs and cats. Bacteria that joins with saliva forms plaque, which builds up if not removed regularly. Then, calcium salts from saliva are deposited on top of the plaque, and dental tartar is formed. Tartar creates a rough surface that causes more plaque to accumulate in a damaging cycle. plaque buildup often leads to periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss. Unfortunately, you may not notice the signs of gum disease until it's advanced-and causing you pet pain.
-Difficulty chewing food or chewing only on one side
-Bleeding gums, blood in drinking water or on toys
-Sensitivity to touch in the facial area
Prevention is the best cure for gum disease. Daily brushing and dental chew treats can help. Most dogs and cats need a thorough dental cleaning annually, while older pets may need semi-annual cleanings. Please call us to schedule a cleaning for your furry loved one!