Did you know that dogs and cats need dental care, just like people do? Imagine how painful your mouth and teeth would feel if you never brushed your teeth or never had them cared for by a dentist. Periodontal, or dental disease, is extremely common in pets. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats exhibit some degree of periodontal disease by three years of age.
Periodontal disease begins when bacteria in the mouth begin to collect around the teeth and gums and begin to harden, forming plaque and tartar. These bacteria begin to cover portions of the teeth and spread beneath the gum line, where more damage can occur. Without regular dental care at home and a veterinarian, teeth begin to decay, gums become infected, and damage can even be done to the liver, kidneys and heart.
Dr. Christie McHughes and her caring staff can teach you how to care for your pets teeth at home. Regular brushing combined with a proper diet and supplements can greatly decrease your pet’s risk for dental disease. Remember that prevention of periodontal disease in less expensive and more effective than treatment later in your dog or cat’s life. Call to schedule regular dental cleanings at Crosspoint Veterinary Hospital to further minimize the risks of this potentially deadly condition to your pet.