According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease by age three. Caused by plaque and tartar buildup, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss and oral lesions. Dental disease can also have a secondary effect on certain body organs (such as the heart, kidneys, and liver) and can cause diseases.
Please continue reading to find out if it’s time to get your pet a dental!
1) Your Pet might need a dental if…
Their breath smells bad!
2) Your Pet Might Need a Dental If…
Their gums are angry red
3) Your Pet Might Need a Dental If…
You notice blood on their chew toys
4) Your Pet Might Need a Dental If…
They normally eat soft food
5) Your Pet Might Need a Dental If…
Your vet recommends it!
If your pet is experiencing any of these top 5 things above please read these stages of dental disease to see which one your pet might be in.
Stage 1 – This early stage is characterized by gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums in response to the presence of tartar and bacteria.
Stage 2 – Also known as early periodontitis, this stage occurs when there is a small amount of bone loss. You may notice inflammation of your pet’s gums, bad breath, and some visible plaque and tartar.
Stage 3 – Serious dental damage has begun. Gums will be swollen and irritated and probably bleed easily. Your pet may also experience bad breath and significant pain and need to have infected & damaged teeth removed.
Stage 4 – Extreme, chronic periodontal disease is evident in this 4th and final stage. Your pet is not only in severe pain, but it is at risk of losing multiple teeth, as well as infection and damage to their internal organs due to bacteria from the mouth entering the bloodstream and spreading throughout the body.
If you’re ready to flip the lip and get your pets’ mouth checked, Animal House Veterinary Center offers free dental examinations and estimates. You can schedule your appointment by clicking here.