More than 85 percent of dogs and cats over four-years-old have some form of periodontal disease. Senior dogs, those 7-years-old and up, are especially susceptible to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a painful inflammatory condition in which bacteria attacks the gums, ligaments and bone tissue that surround and support the teeth. If left unchecked, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and travel to major organs, starting infections there and seriously compromising the health of your pet. That's why it is important to have your pet's teeth examined by your vet on a routine basis.
- Bad breath is one of the first signs
- The yellowish-brown crust development of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Diseased gums appear red, swollen and may bleed easily
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Loose or missing teeth
- Many pets suffer in silence with dental disease, while some show pain and appear depressed
If warning signs are present, your pet needs veterinary attention.