Does your pet need a breath of fresh air?!
One of the most common complaints from pet owners is the smell of their pet’s breath.
The most common reason for bad breath(halitosis) in dogs and cats is dental disease which affects 80% of pets byjust 3 years of age. This is hardly surprising considering our pets don’t brushtheir own teeth!
Without regular brushing, residual food andbacteria can form a build-up of tartar on the teeth. Over time this tartar thenleads to infection, inflammation and bleeding of the gums (gingivitis) andbreakdown of the tooth’s ligamentous and bony attachments in the jaw(periodontal disease) via severe bacterial infection. Both gingivitis andperiodontal disease are painful conditions that lead to loss of teeth and poorquality of life.
Good oral cavity health, just like inhumans, is paramount to general wellbeing and longevity in animals. There aremany preventable diseases that can be linked to poor dental hygiene such asheart and kidney disease. Just like with people, prevention is better thancure, regular check-ups, special dental health diets and dental treats all helpto reduce the incidence of dental disease.
The signs of dental disease in dogs andcats can be subtle. Bad breath is the most common sign, dogs and cats may alsopaw at their mouth, chatter their teeth, drool and dribble, have difficultyeating and may have a preference for softer foods.
All pets need to have their teeth checked regularly (just like people!). Drop in to one of our Sydney Animal Hospitals at Newport or Avalon for a free dental check up on your pet during July and August to discuss the best preventative dental plan for your furry friend!