Do you brush your teeth? Well yes of course you do, but can you say the same for your dog or cat?
Pets require good oral hygiene to have a good set of teeth just the same as we do. Research shows that at around the age of two, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease.
There are factors that can contribute to a pet developing dental problems, these include:
Poor Oral Hygiene: Without proper care, plaque and tartar can accumulate leading to gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Breed: Overcrowded or misaligned teeth are more often a problem in smaller breed dogs. Certain cat breeds such as Abyssinian and Somali are more disposed to periodonatal disease such as gingivitis.
Food: Feeding your pet on soft foods can lead to a more rapid accumulation of plaque.
Age: Dental disease occurs more commonly as pets get older.
Does your pet have any of the following?
- Bad breath
- Build up of yellow tartar
- Bleeding gums
- Pain when eating or pawing at the mouth
- Change of chewing or eating habits
- Tooth loss
- Dribbling saliva
If you answered yes to any of the above then your pet may be developing dental problems.
For further information on Dental care for your pet please contact the friendly healthcare team at Riverbank Anaimal Hospital your local vet clinic for Grafton and South Grafton.