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Posted on 02-26-2016

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats.
Does your pet have it?


Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over the age of three. Although most dogs and cats will develop some sort of dental disease. Small dog breeds, such as Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds and Toy Poodles, are more prone to developing periodontal disease than larger breeds.

If your pet has bad breath, it may mean there is a problem with their teeth and gums. This can also contribute to more severe medical conditions. If dental issues are left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for problems in their mouth (periodontitis) or with internal organs (heart or kidney disease).

The challenge most pet owners face is that even if their pet’s breath smells fine and they aren't showing symptoms of dental problems (difficulty eating, excessive drooling, blood tinged saliva), some dental issues are hard to spot. For example, the cat in the pictures above, needed 3 teeth removed due to feline resorptive lesions. Feline resorptive lesions are painful inflammatory lesions affecting both the tooth roots and crown. The cat was not showing any outward signs of discomfort and was eating fine. During the oral exam the lesions were noted and confirmed on radiographs. The teeth were removed and she was back to eating and her normal activity that night.

Early preventive measures, such as at-home care and in-clinic teeth cleanings will help to reduce the frequency and severity of dental disease later in life. At our hospital, we will perform a comprehensive examination of your pet’s teeth and gums. Full mouth radiographs are taken to assess the health of the teeth underneath gumline as well. Just like when you visit your dentist, we use special tools to remove tartar from below the gum line and smooth the surface of each tooth to prevent tartar buildup.

Keeping your pet healthy from head to toe shows the world how much you love them. The best way to keep your pet in tiptop shape is to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup with us. We’re committed to your pet’s well being every step of the way.

For more information on dental care or to have your pet's teeth examined, call us today at (315) 478-3161!

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