Why Does My Pet Need Dental Care?
It is very important to remember that dental disease is the most common problem to affect small animals of any age. In fact, veterinary experts estimate that up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats that do not receive proper dental care will develop signs of dental disease by the age of three. For these reasons, it is very important that your pet receives regular dental care and cleanings from your general practitioner veterinarian and, when required, more advanced care from a veterinary dental specialist. (Note: Some veterinarians routinely refer all clients to a dental specialist for that aspect of a pet's health care.)
Signs That A Pet May Need Dental Care:
- Bad breath
- Drooling or excessive salivation
- Pawing at the teeth or mouth
- Discoloration or staining of the teeth
- Visible tartar on the teeth
- Red, irritated, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Loose or missing teeth
- Difficulty eating
- Discharge from the nose
- Swelling under the eyes
- Weight loss or loss of appetite
- Lethargy and loss of vitality
Did You Know?
- Dogs have 42 permanent teeth while cats have 30.
- Symptoms of gum disease in dogs and cats include yellow and brown tartar buildup along the gum line, inflamed gums, and bad breath.
- Smaller breeds of dogs seem to be particularly bothered by dental disease.
- Dental problems are a common cause of weight loss and loss of appetite in older cats.