Taking Care of Your Pet Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Pets who have regular dental checkups and care can lead a longer, healthier life. Just as in people, dental disease in pets can occur when plaque and tartar build up on the teeth. Plaque harbors the bacteria that can infect gum tissue and the roots of teeth, resulting in disease and tooth loss.

Bacteria can also enter the bloodstream through the large network of blood vessels located near the gums and teeth.

Recent studies have documented that certain heart, liver and kidney diseases may be associated with these bacteria. Care of your pet’s gums and teeth can prevent discomfort in your pet’s mouth – and really cut back on “Doggie Breath!”

Some signs and symptoms of poor oral health include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Sensitivity around the mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Plaque and tartar
  • Bleeding, inflamed or receded gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Difficulty eating and chewing food