Learn more about Pet Dental Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as Pet Dental Disease, is the most common medical issue for dogs and cats.  By age three, most pets will experience some form of dental disease.

Pet dental disease can lead to infections and tooth decay. In some severe cases, poor dental health can cause serious issues such as heart disease.


What Are the Symptoms of Pet Dental Disease?

If your pet seems to be bothered by their gums, they may have Periodontal disease. Here is a partial list of symptoms to watch for:

  • Bad Breath is the most common symptom
  • Buildup on teeth of tartar or plaque 
  • Plaque and tartar buildup on teeth
  • Pain when eating
  • A loose tooth
  • Weight loss


Dealing with Pet Dental Disease

Follow these guidelines to help prevent pet periodontal disease:

  • Brush their teeth:  Use a pet toothpaste to brush rigorously every day
  • Visit the vet at least 2x per year: Your vet will check for Pet Dental Disease.
  • Provide a formulated pet food: Choose a pet food that will scrub their teeth as they chew.
  • Reward your pet with dental treats: Both cat and dogs can be rewarded with a treat that they enjoy and improves their health.


Sources:  Mayo Clinic, Wikipedia