Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. Dentistry is an important veterinary health care service. Did you know that 85% of adult dogs and cats have some form of dental disease? Periodontal disease is the number one disease of pets today. It is a diagnosis common to all pets, in all age groups, becoming more advanced as pets get older.
We can assume that dental disease causes pets significant chronic pain, just as it does in people. Yet it is very preventable. Factors that influence the development of oral disease include genetics, diet, and home care. At Carriage Crossing Animal Hospital we know that periodic professional dental cleanings coupled with home dental care is a critical element of total healthcare for our pets.
Carriage Place Animal Hospital offers excellent animal dental care in Waterloo, Kitchener, St. Jacobs and surrounding areas. We offer both preventive care such as physical exams and cleaning, as well as medical treatment for dental and periodontal disease.
Common signs of tooth or gum disease in a dog or cat include:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
Even without these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. 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.
Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth 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 result in death. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread. Read our 10 Steps to a Healthy Mouth blog post.
Carriage Crossing Animal Hospital will be happy to 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 buildup.