Pet Dental Disease: Not About the Cavities

Just like our mouths, companion animals have very important healthcare needs. Pet dental disease starts with plaque and bacteria on the surfaces of the teeth, but instead of leading to cavities (uncommon in dogs and cats),  this buildup eventually leads to infection of the gums and jaw bones. This process can be stopped and reversed, but without proper dental care your pet can suffer from:

  • Painful mouth and loss of appetite
  • Bad breath
  • Irritated or bleeding gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Infections that spread to other areas of the body

Owners taking charge of pet’s dental care every day ensures they have a long, healthy life. Here are some specific ways to help your furry friends pass their check up:

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5 Ways to Keep Your Pet’s Mouth Healthy For Life

February is coming up – a month that is a special time around Goldorado Animal Hospital. It is our Dental Health Month, where every patient will receive a 15% discount off any dental procedure. Now is a great time to review several ways to keep your pet’s mouth healthy:

1. Beware Bad Breath:

Cat with mouth wide open

If a musky scent is coming from Fluffy’s mouth, don’t ignore it. This could be a warning sign that she has periodontal disease or another oral disease such as stomatitis, a common feline condition that causes painful inflammation of the gums and mouth tissues. Other dental-health warning signs include bleeding gums, yellow or brown teeth, pawing at the mouth, and loose or missing teeth. Read the rest of this entry »