Did you know that poor oral hygiene for your pet may not only affect their teeth, but damage their heart, kidneys, and lungs? Were you aware that without proper care 85% of pets exhibit evidence of periodontal disease by three years of age? Fortunately, Dr. Andersen and her staff have successfully provided veterinary dental care to countless pets in the Baton Rouge area, and they will be there for yours as well!
What causes dental disease in pets?
Periodontal issues begin in pets in much the same way as it occurs in people. Food particles and bacteria collect in the teeth and gum line; over time these bacteria start to form a film known as plaque, which will ultimately harden and become tartar. Without treatment, these hardened germs will begin to damage the gums and cause tooth decay. Over time the pet will continue to swallow the bacteria which cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and heart, and can decrease the life expectancy of the pet.
What are signs that my pet is suffering from dental issues?
While some pets may have periodontal disease and exhibit no outward signs, others may have the following:
- Bad breath
- Discolored teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bloody drool
- Loss of appetite/weight
If your companion animal shows any of these signs, or has never had an oral evaluation, please call one of the caring professionals to schedule an appointment at Garden District Animal Hospital.
The most important thing you can do to protect your pet from dental disease is to have regular checkups and cleanings from a veterinarian. Preventative treatment of dental disease is less expensive and more effective than treatment after issues begin. Regardless of their current age or oral health, Dr. Andersen and her caring staff are ready to help your furry family member at Garden District Animal Hospital.