Nearly everyone understands how important proper dental care is for people, but did you know that it is equally important for our pets as well? Studies indicate that by three years of age, most dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease. At All Pets Animal Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Asheville, North Carolina, our compassionate veterinarians have many years of successfully providing care for the dental needs of the pets in the area, and they will bring this same level of care to your pet.
What causes dental disease in my pet?
Without proper dental care, periodontal issues begin in pets in much the same as people. Food particles and bacteria collect in the teeth and gum line; over time these bacteria start to form a film known as plaque, which will ultimately harden and become tartar. Without treatment, these hardened germs will begin to damage the gums and cause tooth decay. Over time the pet will continue to swallow the bacteria which cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and heart, and can decrease the life expectancy of the pet.
How can I tell if my pet has dental issues?
The most important thing you can do to protect your pet from dental disease is to have regular checkups and cleanings from a veterinarian. If you were not aware of these issues, or recently adopted a pet, some signs may indicate they are suffering from periodontal disease:
- • Bad breath
- • Difficulty chewing
- • Discolored teeth
- • Bloody residue in the saliva
- • Loss of appetite or weight
- • Your pet will not allow you to touch them in the muzzle area
Help your pet have a longer, healthier life by scheduling a dental evaluation at All Pets Animal Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. Regardless of the age or current condition of the teeth of your pet, contact one of our professionals to schedule your pet’s dental evaluation today.