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Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a sad and painful reality. In fact, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats already have dental disease by the time they reach the age of 3. This is why dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
Common signs of dental disease include:
Even if your dog or cat doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have your pet’s dental health evaluated by a veterinary professional at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, can lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and expensive oral surgery.
Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth can make its way into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t identified and treated quickly enough, they can result in serious medical concerns. Dental disease can even shorten your loved one’s life. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection is present in the mouth, and whether that infection has spread. Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.
Huron East Animal Hospital
A4-1606 Battler Rd
Kitchener, Ontario N2R 0C9
Mon – Fri: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 8am – 5pm
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