Good oral health is an important part of good general health for your pet.
Oral hygiene is one of the most important aspects of pet health care. It’s estimated that 80 per cent of pets over the age of three have significant dental disease. Of that number, 50 per cent require immediate attention. Periodontal disease causes pain and discomfort and puts your pet at risk for other problems, including lung, heart, kidney and joint infections. This occurs because bacteria can get into the bloodstream and become widely distributed throughout the body. Just like humans, dogs will have two sets of teeth during their lives. A puppy’s first set of teeth is replaced by the permanent teeth at about three months
Signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats:
Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar.
Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area.
Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.
Bleeding from the mouth.
Loss of appetite or loss of weight (this combination can result from diseases of many organs, and early veterinary examination is important).