Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist.
For most dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. Dental disease is the most commonly diagnosed health problem in pets. Based off a study from the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease by the age of 3.
Dogs and cats are experts at hiding pain and discomfort, so many pets won’t show any signs until dental disease is very progressed. Dental disease is caused from a buildup of bacteria and debris which leads to deterioration of gums and bone surrounding the teeth which results in irreversible periodontal disease.
Dental disease also has system affects throughout the body. The mouth has a very high blood supply, so the excessive bacterial build-up in the mouth gets absorbed into the bloodstream and causes serious infections affecting the heart, kidneys, liver and lungs. If the problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they have devastating effects on these vital organs.
A physical exam in combination with laboratory work can determine the extent of your pet’s dental disease. Give us a call to schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We have lots of tools to help combat bacteria and tartar in your pets from toothpaste, to water additive, to toys, treats and food!
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Gull River Vet
Pet owners trust us to look after the needs of their beloved companions. We are specialists committed to delivering the very highest of veterinary care and affection.
6826 Hwy 35
Closed: long weekend holidays
Kawartha Veterinary Emergency Clinic
1840 Lansdowne St, Peterborough,
ON K9K 2M9