Dental plaque and bad breath are the two most obvious signs of a periodontal pathology. Are you sure that your pet does not have this? Pay attention, this disease can be very insidious and have serious consequences.
To prevent dental diseases, you need to check and take care of your pet’s mouth on regular basis. Your pet, either dog or a cat, regardless of it’s age or breed can be affected. However, small dogs are more likely affected by periodontal pathology. The most common periodontal pathology is gingivitis.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of gum tissues surrounding and holding up teeth. In the first stage of gingivitis, your pet will have bad breath, dental plaque and their gum might bleed. Eating will start to be painful. The infection can easily spread to other tissues such as eyes and nose tissues.
You should be aware that long lasting dental problems might have consequences for the heart, lungs and kidneys. Indeed, bacteria in your pet’s mouth will spread to other organs through the blood.
What to do?
Brush your pet’s teeth: it’s the most effective way to eliminate dental plaque and avoid tartar. Brushing your pet’s teeth three times a week is enough to keep their mouth and gum healthy. Specially formulated cat and dog toothpastes will make brushing easy: they are flavoured, digestible and don’t need to be rinsed.
Give your pet tablets: You can buy special chewing tablets to fight against dental plaque.
Something more?: Make sure that your pet has chewing toys. You can also purchase special kibbles and treats. Their shape and texture aim to eliminate dental plaque.
To conclude, regular brushing, chewing toys and special kibbles are the best way to avoid a periodontal pathology that can have serious consequences for your pet’s health.