As a part of your pet's annual health checkup, we thoroughly examine their mouths and make recommendations based on their individual oral health. However, if you suspect a problem, it's important to deal with it quickly. Untreated dental issues can be detrimental to your pet's overall health.
Why does my pet need dental checkups?
Do you know that most dogs have 42 teeth and cats have 30 or 32 teeth? Imagine how our mouths would feel if we never went to the dentist or brushed our teeth. Sadly, this is true for many pets. By age three, 70 to 80% of pets have already developed dental disease, also known as periodontal disease. That is a staggering number, and as such, dental disease is one of the most frequently diagnosed health problems in pets. Regular home and professional care are needed to help keep your pet's teeth healthy.
How can I support my pet's dental health?
We spend much time keeping our teeth healthy and it's not just to stop bad breath. Good dental hygiene can help prevent bacteria from entering our bloodstream and damaging our heart, kidneys, and other organs. This is true for our pets as well. If you want to start an at-home preventive care routine or need more professional care for your pet, please contact us at 905-877-2258.
How do I know if my pet has dental issues?
The following symptoms could alert you to a problem with your pet which needs urgent veterinary attention:
- Bad breath
- Swollen/red gums
- Tartar build-up (yellow-brown build-up on the teeth)
- Change in eating habits - reluctant to eat
- Excessive drooling
- Loose teeth
- Pawing at the mouth