The Importance of Dental Care for Pets

iStock_000009963933_SmallAccording to the American Veterinary Dental Society, over 70 percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs will have gum disease by the time they are three years of age. Unfortunately, many pet owners don’t understand how important dental care is for our pets.

Just like people, pets develop plaque on their teeth, both on the tooth and below the gum line. Over time, this buildup can lead to tooth decay and dental disease. In extreme cases, it can develop into periodontal disease, which can lead to infections that may affect the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.

How to Recognize Dental Problems

When you have taken your pet in for his or her yearly check-up, you have probably noticed that your veterinarian looked into your pet’s mouth as part of the exam.  Your veterinarian is looking for signs of dental disease, including: Continue…