Recognizing Dental Problems in Pets

One of the most common pet diseases is silent and preventable. Seventy percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs three years of age and older are estimated to have oral disease. Whether your pet has gum disease or a broken tooth, it has consequences beyond his or her mouth. The bacteria housed in gums or a broken tooth can effect other parts of the body. Many animals are quite good at hiding their pain, and dental pain is significant.

Recognizing Symptoms of Dental Problems

You may see certain symptoms, including:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Whining when they yawn or eat
  • Lumps or bumps in the mouth
  • Your pet does not allow you to touch his head
  • Chewing on one side of their mouth
  • Refusal to eat hard food
  • Nasal discharge and sneezing

Without regular care, the plaque on your pet’s teeth will build up, leading to tartar and gingivitis, which can develop into periodontal disease and leads to other health issues and not only in the the mouth.

Tooth extraction was at the top of the list of surgeries performed on cats and dogs, coming in as the number one reason for surgery on cats and the number three reason for dogs.

Periodontal inflammation and infection have been linked to numerous problems including heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, emphysema, liver disease, osteoporosis, pregnancy problems and diabetes. Oral disease can also cause inflammation to the eye, resulting in blindness.

At both the Animal Hospital of Fairfield and Lincoln Avenue Cat Hospital we have state-of-the-art dental facilities to provide your pet with advanced dental services

Rather than waiting for your pet to show any of the symptoms above, scheduling him for a veterinary dental exam and cleaning! Preventative care will also save you money and keep your pet pain free.

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