Dental disease in pets can cause serious pain and discomfort, and unfortunately it’s the #1 disease in cats and dogs. Believe it or not, it is estimated that 80% of cats and dogs have some degree of dental disease by the age of three!
Periodontal disease, like gingivitis or gum disease, is caused by plaque and tartar build up beneath the gum line. Left untreated, the bacteria in the plaque and tartar can travel to other parts of the body potentially leading to major health complications impacting the heart and liver.
Dental disease warning signs include:
- Bad breath
- Visible plaque buildup on teeth
- Red or bleeding gums
- Changes in your pet’s behaviour (some pet’s become irritable when they have dental issues)
- A loss of interest in chewing on their favourite toys
- Avoiding eating or chewing using a specific side of the mouth
Dental disease can be avoided and managed using preventative measures such as: dental kibble, brushing your pet’s teeth and having regular visits with your primary veterinarian to catch dental concerns in a timely manner.
Being proactive about your pet’s oral health is vital to their overall health and well-being. Your wallet will also thank you as pet dental procedures can cost anywhere from $600-$2,000 depending on the severity!
Throughout 2020 HSLM provided 21 shelter pets with dental procedures.
At HSLM, we prioritize the comfort and well-being of our shelter pets and strive to get them any medical attention they need. Give the gift of a smile to a shelter pet in need by donating today.
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- Ontario Veterinary College: www.ovchsc.ca/news/february-is-dental-month
- Ontario Veterinary Medical Association: www.ovma.org/pet-owners/basic-pet-care/ongoing-care/