Does your pet have bad breath? If so, don’t ignore it and assume it will go away on its own. Bad breath is one of the signs associated with early gum disease, so it’s important to take action now, before the condition worsens. Dental disease is one of the most common conditions seen in pets, but did you know it’s also one of the most neglected? Kryder Veterinary Clinic wants to help pet owners be more proactive about their pets’ dental health to lower the risk of gum disease. That’s why we recommend regular professional dental exams and cleanings as needed, combined with at-home care.
Is Pet Gum Disease Similar to Human Gum Disease?
The short answer is yes. Just like gum disease in humans, pet gum disease starts with plaque accumulation, which can lead to infection. The disease is also progressive for pets and humans, and can affect other parts of the body. For pets, it can lead to liver, heart, brain, and lung disease, and if it’s not treated, it can even shorten a pet’s lifespan. As gum disease progresses, it can leave a pet in a great deal of pain and lead to tooth loss.
Another similarity between human gum disease and pet gum disease is the list of associated symptoms. The most common symptoms of pet gum disease include:
- Bad breath
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Ropey saliva
- Problems keeping food in the mouth
- Mouth bumps
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease for My Pet?
The best way to prevent gum disease for your dog or cat is by bringing them to a veterinary facility like Kryder Veterinary Clinic, where they can receive an annual wellness exam. During these exams, we can evaluate your pet’s teeth and gums to determine if a dental cleaning is needed. Some pets need cleanings annually while others may need them every two to three years. Cats typically can go longer without cleanings. If a cleaning is recommended, it’s best to schedule a separate appointment as soon as possible. Another way you can prevent gum disease is by maintaining your pet’s mouth from home with pet dental products, including pet toothbrushes, pet antiseptic sprays, prescription pet treats, etc.
About Kryder Veterinary Clinic’s Dental Services
To both prevent and treat pet dental problems, we offer comprehensive dental services for dogs and cats in our fully equipped dental suite. These include ultrasonic scaling, polishing, extractions, and dental treatment. We perform all dental services under general anesthesia for the safety of our patients. If you’d like to schedule a dental appointment for your pet at Kryder Veterinary Clinic, fill out the form on this page.