Why Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene Matters
You likely brush your teeth every day without giving it much thought. In contrast, you might not think too often about your pet’s oral hygiene, but our Gardner veterinarian encourages you to change that way of thinking. Dog teeth and cat teeth are just like our teeth and require regular care to prevent periodontal disease and other tooth complications. Left untreated, these conditions can lead to an infection that can spread to the heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs or even lead to cancer or diabetes. Fortunately, our Olathe veterinarian is also a pet dentist that offers professional teeth cleanings and examinations for animals that can prevent these conditions.
Signs Of Pet Periodontal Disease
Also known as dental disease, this condition is essentially a bacterial infection that can affect the gums, teeth and surrounding oral structures. There are signs that pets exhibit when they have oral health issues including:
- Extremely bad breath
- Discolored, broken or loose teeth
- Swelling of the mouth, jaws or gumline
- Oral bleeding
- Eating issues or reduced appetite
- Excessive drooling
- Chronic pawing at the mouth
Prevention is the best approach, as once the disease has progressed it can become painful for your pet and is often costly to treat. Our Gardner veterinarian recommends that you attempt to brush your pet’s teeth at home once or twice weekly with a soft brush or an infant finger brush. You’ll likely have to ease into the process, but with patience and persistence, it can be accomplished.