Taking your dog or cat in for professional pet dental cleanings is just as important as providing your pet with food, water, and regular physical exams. Even with good regular at-home care, plaque, and tartar build-up, making professional cleanings essential.
Untreated dental disease can cause significant discomfort and pain, as well as permanent loss of teeth and gum tissue. Remember, your pet cannot tell you when he or she is in pain. Pets rely on their owners to take care of them and recognize when something is out of the ordinary.
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone that support the teeth. Painful tooth and bone loss can occur if this is not properly treated. Bacteria from dental disease can infect vital organs including the liver, kidneys, and heart.
Periodontal (gum) disease is the most common problem we find in adult dogs and cats in our practice, affecting more than 80% of pets three years or older. If left untreated, dental disease can cause severe health risks. Signs of Periodontal disease include:
- Inflammation, redness or swelling of the gums
- Receding gums or loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Tartar buildup
- Blood on chew toys
We recommend routine veterinary wellness exams for both dogs and cats. During these exams, we will check your pet’s teeth for signs of periodontal disease. If your pet has tartar buildup, we may recommend a dental cleaning. Regular dental cleanings lead to happier and healthier pets.
College Way Animal Hospital
3801 E College Way Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Mon-Thurs: 7:00am - 5:00pm