Dental disease, also called periodontal disease, is the most commonly diagnosed condition in pets today. In fact, the American Veterinary Dental College estimates that by the time most pets are 3 years of age, over 80% of them have some form of dental disease.
Aside from bad breath, it’s often difficult for pet owners to know what’s going on inside their pet’s mouths. After all, who wants to look in there, with all those sharp teeth? And pets are masters at hiding signs of discomfort and pain, even from their closest people – making it even harder to tell if something is wrong.
But make no mistake, dental disease is painful for your pet. In addition to red and bleeding gums, difficulty eating, and loose or broken teeth, dental disease can cause damage to the heart, liver, or kidneys when bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream.
Luckily, dental disease in pets is preventable. Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center tackles this important topic, here.