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Did you know that periodontal disease is the most prevalent health problem in both dogs and cats?

Have you ever noticed a strong smell coming from your dog’s mouth as he greets you and licks your face? Have you ever wondered about the bad smell coming from your cat’s mouth as she purrs and rubs her face against your chin? All you want to do is to get them away from your face. As you push them away, their hurt questioning eyes ask “Why don’t you want me near you? Don’t you love me anymore?” You do not have to feel guilty any more because you can help!

dentistryThe strong odor you smell may indicate your pet has some degree of dental disease. Just imagine if you did not brush your teeth every day. The same applies to your pet. Your pet’s dental disease is not unusual. Periodontal disease is the most prevalent health problem in both dogs and cats. An astonishing 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over the age of three are showing signs of periodontal disease. Unless you are providing some type of daily dental hygiene, you are neglecting an important aspect of your pet’s health.

All pets develop plaque over their teeth. It is a colorless film, which will mineralize and become tarter. This is the hard crusty stuff you see accumulate on the teeth, particularly on the back molars. The tarter destroys the gums and over time will cause tissue damage and bone loss. This is periodontal disease. Signs to look for are bad breath, yellow brown crust around the gum line, bleeding gums, tooth loss, excessive drooling and pain when eating. Your pet’s age and breed may be a contributing factor. Periodontal disease is most often seen in older pets as well as smaller breed dogs and certain cats like Abyssinian and Somali.

dental healthThere are steps you can take to help prevent dental disease and bring the hugs and kisses back into your pet’s life:

  1. Visit your veterinarian. After a thorough oral exam, your veterinarian will recommend a dental care program that fits you and your pet’s lifestyle.
  2. Start routine oral care at home. This may include brushing your pet’s teeth. There are also dental chews and diets that can help reduce plaque accumulation. Ask your veterinarian for the best method for your pet.
  3. Schedule regular dental check ups. Twice a year check ups are important for people and they are important for your pet’s health too.

So don’t let bad breath come between you and your pet. Visit our Dental Gallery where you can see for yourself the difference proper dental care can make for your pet. Contact Ark today to schedule an appointment!

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