As your pet grows older, he or she may develop a range of diseases and conditions associated with aging, such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis and kidney disease. Despite the health problems often ...View Article
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Posted on 07-05-2013
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop gum disease by the age of three years. Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition affecting dogs and cats. The problem begins when plaque and calculus (tartar) are allowed to build up on a pet's teeth, especially below the gumline. This can cause infection and inflammation of the gums. Most owners will notice bad breath, bleeding and swollen gums. Receding gums, and the eventual loss of teeth can happen. As bacterial growth continues to increase, the bacteria may enter the bloodstream. Infection of the heart valves (endocarditis), liver, and kidneys are possible. It is important to have routine dental cleaning. Our veterinarians recommend regularly brushing your pet's teeth with a toothpaste formulated for animals to help reduce the bacteria. Diet is also important in keeping teeth healthy. There are now diets formulated to help reduce plaque and tarter.
Brushing your pets teeth will remove plaque but it does not remove tartar. If your dog or cat develops tartar, it is necessary to have a dental cleaning. This professional veterinary dental cleaning is often called a prophylaxis or "prophy." Once the tartar is removed, it is recommended to follow up with routine dental care at home.
What you need to know for your dog/cats dental cleaning:
Please, call us at Eagle Animal Hospital (610) 458-8789 to schedule a dental exam with on of our veterinarians. We serve Chester Springs, Downingtown, Glenmoore, Exton and the surrounding area.
Written by Harriet Band, receptionist
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