One of the most common diseases plaguing dogs and cats today is oral disease. By 3 years of age, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs has some form of gum disease. Without preventative measures and treatment in effect, the disease can not only affect your animal's mouth, but infection can spread through the bloodstream and reach the most vital organs, including the heart.
All pets are at risk for developing dental problems. If your pet does, or has ever, displayed any of the warning signs below, periodontal disease may be present and a trip to the veterinarian would be the best course of action.
1. Bad breath (one of the 1st signs)
2. Yellow-brown crust on the teeth near the gum line
3. Red, swollen or bleeding gums
4. Lack of interest in eating, or pain while eating; change of chewing habits
5. Abnormal drooling
6. Loose or missing teeth
THERE ARE MANY CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO THE ONSET OF DENTAL DISEASE:
1. POOR ORAL HYGEINE: Ignoring the condition of your pet's mouth can lead to periodontal disease, tooth loss and other health problems.
2. BREED: Periodontal disease is more common in smaller dogs and pure breed cats.
3. AGE: The risk of your animal showing signs of oral disease increases as they grow older.