Prevent Dental Issues with Pet Dental Care
Your pet can suffer from swollen gums and achy teeth without you even knowing it! It’s important to keep your companion’s mouth healthy by regular check-ups and cleanings. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects a large number of otherwise healthy pets. By brushing your dog or cat’s teeth daily at home and getting thorough exams from a trusted veterinarian at Aloha Animal Hospital, you can prevent an array of future problems. Plus, who wouldn’t want a pet with fresh breath when you get those unexpected slobbery kisses?
Periodontal Disease Hurts Dogs and Cats
Cats and dogs have the same issues with their teeth as we do. They get plaque and tartar build-up that can lead to problematic teeth. When your furry friend doesn’t get their teeth brushed, plaque turns into tartar, which is calcified plaque. This stubborn tartar creeps into your pet’s gum-line and can destroy the surrounding tissue and lead to tooth and bone loss. The bad breath your cat or dog gets from this condition is only the tip of the iceberg. Red, swollen gums from gum disease, and bone and tooth decay from periodontitis is painful for your pet. Sometimes it’s hard to notice the subtle signs of periodontal disease, but there are some things you can look out for:
- Swollen gums that are bright red
- Wiggly or missing teeth
- Constant drooling
- Problems eating
- Swelling along the jawline or facial area
- Decreased appetite
- Offensive, bad breath
Keep Problems at Bay with Regular Maintenance
We recommend that you brush your pet’s teeth every day and we offer oral chews to supplement the daily cleaning process. In addition to at-home maintenance, you should get them examined and cleaned yearly. Pet dental care at Aloha includes digital X-rays on every single client, and we’re ready to perform advanced dental procedures if we need to. After a thorough examination, we will tell you if we need to extract any teeth. Fortunately, daily teeth cleaning and check-ups can prevent things like gum disease and tooth extractions. Call us at (717) 633-7387 to schedule your pet’s professional cleaning and examination today!