A brush a day keeps diseases at bay. Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. Dental disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. To prevent gum disease, infections and other health issues, call us at 519-972-9000 to book an appointment to have your pet’s teeth examined.
How do I know if my pet has dental problems?
Poor dental hygiene, if neglected, can lead to your pet developing serious health conditions. When you bring your pet in for a routine dental checkup, our veterinarians can detect and treat any dental issues before they cause any more damage. Common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
Why is it important to get my pet’s teeth checked?
Even if your dog or cat doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris can accumulate around their teeth and cause tooth decay. Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body. Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart.