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SIGNS OF DENTAL DISEASE

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Keeping your pet’s teeth and gums in good shape has many more benefits that just fresh breath. Regular cleanings and a few minutes of brushing each week can help give your pet a longer, healthier life.

Bad breath in pets is just one sign of dental disease that can lead to other health problems. What’s more, like people, your pet needs routine dental care too. Most dogs and cats develop dental disease by 3 years of age. And the faster the disease is treated, the easier it is to manage.

Warning signs to look for in your pet:

  • Bad breath
  • Sensitivity around the mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellow or brown deposits on the teeth
  • Bleeding, inflamed or receding gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Difficulty chewing

Veterinary check-ups include monitoring your pet’s dental health, but if you see any of these signs between visits, give us a call.

Ways to keep your pet’s teeth healthy:

  • Bring your pet in for regular check-ups
  • Brush your pet’s teeth at least a few times a week – we’ll show you how
  • Choose a pet food formulated to reduce tartar and plaque – ask us for recommendations
  • Use plaque-reducing treats and toys

Talk with us about your pet’s dental health. We can prevent and manage your pet’s oral problems before they become serious. Call us at 847-934-1535 or go to your Pet Portal to request an appointment.