February is Pet Dental Health Month
Keeping up with your pet’s dental health will help them live the healthy, happy life that they deserve, and also help you save money by weaning off problems before they become costly major issues. With these 9 signs of Pet Dental Health Problems, you are sure to avoid overlooking a crucial indicator of your pet’s health.
Signs of Pet Dental Health Problems
Make sure you’re looking in your pet’s mouth on a regular basis for any of the following:
- Bad breath
- Broken or loose teeth
- Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- Discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar
- Abnormal drooling, chewing, or dropping food from mouth
- Reduced appetite or dropping food from mouth
- Pain in or around the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Swelling in the areas around the mouth
Periodontal Disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats – and most will exhibit signs of this disease by age 3 and can contribute to serious health issues such as:
- Kidney Disease
- Heart Disease
- Liver Disease
How Pet Periodontal Disease Starts
Tartar above and below the gum line is formed when plaque hardens. Tartar above the gum line can be removed easily but tartar below the gum line requires intervention by your veterinarian.
How We Treat Dogs and Cats with Gum Disease
First we conduct a through dental exam and cleaning to determine how severe the disease is. Once we identify the severity of the disease we will discuss treatment and prevention options with you.
Early intervention is key when it comes to Periodontal Disease so the sooner you are able to have your pet examined the better.
What You Can Do At Home
The best thing you can do is brush your pet’s teeth, aiming to get in two or three bushings per week. To be shown how to brush your pet’s teeth feel free to contact us and we can get you started in the right direction.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Just like us, your furry friend is going to periodically need a professional dental cleaning. If you see any of the 9 Warning Signs of Dental Disease give us a call at 402-331-3307 to schedule a Dental Assessment, PLUS schedule your pet’s dental cleaning in the month of February to save 10%!