According to the American Veterinary Dental College, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3. It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of oral disease include tartar buildup, red and swollen gums, bad breath, changes in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and general depression.
Banks Animal Hospital recommends we evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris will accumulate around your pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss. A yearly check-up and cleaning will assist in better overall dental health.
There are other reasons why you should pay close attention to your pet’s dental health. Dental disease can affect other organs in the body. Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and may cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and heart valve disease.
February is pet dental health month, so this is a great time to make an appointment and take advantage of our dental promotions offered in February only. However, dental health is something that shouldn’t be delayed.
We would be happy to discuss your pets dental needs with you. Please contact us at (416) 461-7575
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