Four out of five dogs and cats over the age of three years have some form of dental disease.
The level of dental disease will often progress and become more severe with age. This can become a real problem for your pet and is not only uncomfortable for them but can lead to more serious health concerns.
Dental care is not only important for dogs and cats, but also smaller pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Our pets may not show signs that they’re suffering from dental issues and so it is often missed or forgotten about by owners, who are otherwise very proactive about their pet’s health.
Periodontal disease, which is a bacterial infection of the mouth, is easily preventable and is one of the most common problems that veterinarians diagnose in Australian pets. If it goes untreated, it will often lead to the requirement of severely affected teeth to be removed and can lead to other serious health problems such as infections in the kidneys, heart and liver.
In its early stages, it’s a disease that is reversible. However, it can often go undetected till it is quite severe as pets often won’t show signs of pain. Even pets with sore gums, an infected mouth or broken teeth will continue to eat. They need to eat to survive so may not go off their food until the pain in unbearable. This is definitely not something we won’t to put our pets through when it can be avoided.
Signs of periodontal disease to look out for include: