Every year your pet’s teeth should be checked by your veterinarian for early signs of dental problems. Although cavities are less common in pets than in people, pets can have many of the same dental issues such as broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, abscesses or infected teeth, and cysts or tumors in the mouth.
Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats. By the time your pet is 3 years old, they will likely have some early evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older. Early detection and treatment are critical, because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Periodontal disease starts with plaque that hardens into tartar. Tartar above the gum line can often easily be seen and removed, but plaque and tartar below the gum line is damaging and sets the stage for infection. Have your pet’s teeth checked sooner if you observe any of the following problems:
- bad breath
- broken or loose teeth
- teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- pain in or around the mouth
- bleeding from the mouth
- swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
Stop in to our retail store to pick up some dental water additives or chews to help keep your pet’s teeth clean throughout the year!
During the month of February, 2018, dental cleaning services at the One of A Kind Spay & Neuter Clinic are 10% off (extractions not included). Appointments are available – call 330.865.6890 to book one today!