Pet Dental Check-up

One of the most common diseases in pets is periodontal disease, also called gum disease. Most dogs and cats will have it by the time they are three years old. Hodges Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, FL lists what you can do to fight your pet’s periodontal disease and why.

Periodontal Disease Turns Into Stomatitis

If you neglect pet dental care, your dog or cat could get stomatitis. Despite the name, this is the disease that comes after periodontal disease worsens. The pain caused to the teeth is so bad that the pet stops grooming or eating. Often, the only way to treat stomatitis is to extract all of the pet’s teeth. This is a complex and expensive procedure.

Periodontal Disease Harms Your Pet’s Inner Organs

Periodontal disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on your pet’s teeth and in the gums. The plaque is caused by bacteria. These bacteria eventually get into your pet’s bloodstream and can damage the heart, liver, and kidneys. Bacteria have also been discovered to cause meningitis in cats.

Signs of Periodontal Disease in Pets

Pets with periodontal disease or other pet dental problems show signs such as having bad breath, eating with the head tilted to one side, often dropping food while eating, reddened gums, blood in the mouth, and drooling more than usual. If your pet has these signs, call your vet at once.

Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

The most affordable vet care you can give your pets is to brush their teeth every day. Even if you can only brush a few teeth a day, this is still better than not brushing at all. If you do not know how to brush your pet’s teeth, ask your veterinarian to show you how.

Warning: Do Not Give Your Toothpaste to Your Pet

Only use toothpaste that is made specifically for cats and dogs. Never use toothpaste meant for people. Not only does human toothpaste taste bad for pets, but it can also make them very sick.

What About Dry Food and Hard Treats?

A generation ago, it was thought that just feeding dry kibble and giving hard treats was enough to help clean a pet’s teeth. Although hard food does help to scrape off some tartar, it does not get everywhere on your pet’s teeth. Only brushing or a veterinary dental cleaning can do that.

Pet Dental Cleanings

Just like you need to get your teeth cleaned by your dentist, even if you brush every day, so your pet needs a dental cleaning from your veterinarian at least once a year.

Contact Our Affordable Vet for Pet Dental Care in Jacksonville, FL

If you have further questions about caring for your pet’s teeth and gums and live in the Jacksonville, FL area, contact Hodges Animal Hospital today.

Call us at (904) 992-1888 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.

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