According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3. It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of oral disease include:

  • Tartar buildup
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face
  • Generalized depression

At Martindale Animal Clinic we recommend that your pet’s dental health is evaluated at least once a year because bacteria and food debris can accumulate and if left unchecked will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss.

Dental Disease
Dental disease can affect a number of organs in the body because bacteria in the mouth can get into the blood stream and cause serious:

  • Kidney infections
  • Liver disease
  • Lung disease
  • Heart valve disease

Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in your pet’s body. A thorough physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if this is the case.

Oral Care for Your Pet
One of the best times to start caring for your pet’s teeth is when they are young and more willing to learn to have their teeth brushed. Daily brushing will remove plaque before it becomes mineralized and turns into tartar.

CET Chews contain an enzyme that kills bacteria in the mouth. This is important because bacteria accelerates dental disease. CET Chews also soften when chewed and have a wiping action up around the sides of the teeth and gum line.

Dental Diet can be a very important tool for preventing dental disease. The kibbles are large which requires the dog or cat to chew the kibble several times before it breaks apart. The chewing helps to remove plaque and some tartar. The Dental Diet contains a product called Zeolite that binds some of the minerals that adhere to the teeth and cause tartar. The Dental Diet is also a weight control diet that helps to keep your adult cats and dogs healthy.

Is My Pet at Risk for Dental Disease?
Small breed dogs are particularly prone to the development of dental tartar and gum disease. For many small breed dogs an annual dental cleaning is extremely important to prevent the progression of dental disease. If your small breed dog is not provided with dental care then they are more likely to develop:

  • Gingivitis
  • Bad breath
  • Dental abscesses
  • Tooth loss
  • Bone infection
  • Bone fractures

Interestingly cats are more prone to cavities. The mouth is the gateway to the body. When dental disease is not addressed systemic disease can occur. This can mean infection to the heart valves, liver or kidneys. Dental disease is also painful for your pet, but is extremely preventable! Call us today to book a dental appointment for your pet.