Did you know that dogs and cats can suffer from many of the same dental problems as humans? When a pet’s teeth aren’t cleaned, bacteria builds up and leads to the formation of plaque and tartar on the teeth. The bacteria in plaque causes gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss and severe mouth pain, even to the point of making eating uncomfortable for your pet.
Gum disease also threatens your pet’s overall health, because if bacteria from the mouth enters the bloodstream, it can lead to problems with your pet’s heart, liver, and kidneys. Gum disease is the most common ailment inflicting cats and dogs, with over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats showing signs of the disease by the age of three. If we see signs of gum disease during your pet’s check-up, we can follow up with dental care, including a thorough dental examination and professional cleaning. You can also look out for some signs of gum disease at home, such as:
- Bad breath – “doggie breath” is actually one of the first signs of gum disease
- Discolored or loose teeth
- Red, swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when eating or playing with chew toys
If you observe any of these signs, it is important to have your pet checked for gum disease because of the major health issues it can cause.
Our Dental Services
At Pure Paws Veterinary Care of Clinton Hill, we understand that your pet’s best dental health is based on three key components: dental exams, dental cleanings, and home dental care. Most dogs and cats require a professional dental exam and cleaning every one to two years. We can work with you to design the best dental plan for your pet. We are also happy to educate you on ways to care for your pet’s teeth at home, such as daily toothbrushing and offering special treats and toys designed to clean pets’ teeth as they chew. Maintaining good oral hygiene at home will reduce your pet’s need for professional cleanings and thus save you money.