Oral hygiene and health in our pets is a serious facet of their overall wellbeing. Periodontal disease can develop all too quickly if cat or dog teeth cleaning is not a priority. At our animal hospital in Medina, OH, we include full dental care services to all of our patients. Call us today at (330) 239-1271 to schedule a dental appointment.
Recognizing Gum Disease
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, develops quickly when left untreated. Unfortunately, the signs of a problem are often lost on an owner. Nearly two-thirds of your pet’s teeth lie beneath the gum’s surface, meaning what you see is only a small part of the whole tooth. However, there are ways to recognize the problem so you can take your pet into the veterinarian right away for a full cleaning.
- Bad breath – this is an early symptom, and too often ignored.
- Chewing on one side of the mouth
- Difficulty picking up food or toys
- Lumps in the mouth
- Loose or missing teeth
The best treatment is always prevention, so do what you can to make pet dental care a priority. Starting to introduce your pet to brushing at a young age sets up a foundation for easier cleaning throughout the rest of their lives.