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Dental Disease…Does Your Pet Have It?

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats.

 

Most dental disease occurs below the gumline where it is hard to detect.  A yearly exam includes a look inside your pet's mouth to determine the health of their teeth and gums.  When is the last time you had your pet's teeth checked?  February is Pet Dental Health Month which is a great reminder to have your pet's teeth examined!

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over the age of three. Although most dogs and cats will develop some sort of dental disease, small dog breeds, such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds and Toy Poodles, are more prone to developing periodontal disease than larger breeds.

If your pet has bad breath, it may mean there is a problem with their teeth and gums. This can also contribute to more severe medical conditions. If dental issues are left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for problems in their mouth (periodontitis) or with internal organs (heart disease). The challenge most pet owners face is that even if their pet’s breath smells fine, some dental issues are hard to spot.

Early preventive measures, such as at-home care and veterinary dental cleanings will help to reduce the frequency and severity of dental disease later in life.  We will perform a comprehensive examination of your pet’s teeth and gums. Just like when you visit your dentist, we have dental tools that remove tartar from below the gum line and smooth the surface of each tooth to prevent tartar buildup.  We also have dental products that can extend the positive benefits of a dental cleaning (foods, tools, and water additives)! 

Keeping your pet healthy from tooth to tail shows them how much you love them. The best way to keep your pet feeling great is to schedule their yearly checkup with us. We’re committed to your pet’s well being every step of the way because we love your pet, too!

Trooper Pet Patient Football Head benefits from a dental cleaning to help keep him healthy!

Trooper Pet Patient Football Head benefits from a dental cleaning to help keep him healthy!

Pet Dental

Pet dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health.  Dental problems can cause a host of other health problems. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be examined at least once a year by your veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

Have your pet’s teeth checked sooner if you observe any of the following problems:

  • bad breath
  • broken or loose teeth
  • extra teeth or retained baby teeth
  • teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
  • reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • pain in or around the mouth
  • bleeding from the mouth
  • swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth.

Some pets become irritable when they have dental problems, and any changes in your pet’s behavior should prompt a visit to your veterinarian. 

To read more about dog and cat dental care from the AVMA (and to take a quiz on your dental knowledge), go to: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Pet-Dental-Care.aspx.


Autumn toothbrush

Autumn urges you to call us today at 610-539-6820 to schedule a dental exam for your pet!

February is Pet Dental Health Month!

February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

(Brought to you by the AVMA)

Don't turn your nose to Fido's or Fluffy's bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet's teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month every February. Click on the links below to learn more about  how you can improve the dental (and overall) health of your pets. 

Test Yourself

How much do you know about your pet's dental health? Take our quiz to find out!

Watch

Dr. Sheldon Rubin gives easy, step-by-step instructions on how to teach a dog or cat to accept a daily tooth brushing. He also describes healthy treats, and explains the true risks of periodontal disease in pets. 

Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs even though it's completely preventable. Dr. Cindy Charlier explains what periodontal disease is and how we can prevent our pets from getting it.

Listen

Dr. Jan Bellows, a former president of the American Veterinary Dental College and owner of All Pets Dental in Weston, Fla., discussed the importance of dental health for our pets in an interview for our Animal Trackspodcast series.

 

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