Imagine how painful your mouth would be if you never went to the dentist. For many dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets this is a painful reality. Did you know that more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of three and rabbits frequently suffer from extreme dental problems? Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets of all sizes and species.

Common signs of dental disease include:

  • Yellow or brown build-up (tartar) on the teeth
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face
  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Depression

Even if your dog, cat or rabbit doesn't have these symptoms, we recommend that you have our vet evaluate their dental health. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.

Most pet owners think that if their pet is eating that their pets' teeth can't be a problem. This is not true! It is a natural survival instinct for an animal to eat even when in pain. They can't tell us how painful it is!

Another very important reason to take care of dental problems is that dental disease can also affect other organs in the body. Mouth bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren't caught and treated quickly enough, they can be fatal. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread.

Schedule your pet's dental exam today! We can also help show you how to brush your pet's teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar build-up.

Pet Health Club members receive a 20% discount on dentistry. To learn more about our Pet Health Club click here or drop by and ask our helpful receptionists.