Pet Periodontal Disease Affects Durham
and Chapel Hill Pets
Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases occurring in dogs and cats. We wouldn't dream of letting our children suffer with poor oral health, but many pet owners unknowingly allow their pets to experience a great amount of pain and discomfort. Without proper dental care, pets' teeth may become loose, gums could become sore, and teeth may fall out leading to problems chewing and swallowing. Bacteria in the mouth and gums can also travel through your pet's blood stream, leading to possible kidney, liver and heart damage.
Our pets' teeth are similar to ours in many ways. When food particles mix with bacteria in the mouth and aren't removed, they can lead to plaque. Plaque combines with minerals in the pet's saliva to form tartar which can build up on the teeth, irritate the gums and lead to infection. This initial inflammation is called gingivitis and is treatable. If the gums start to separate from the teeth, more bacteria can accumulate, leading to periodontal disease. This can be quite serious for your pet and may require animal surgery at our clinic.
Animal Dentistry Services at our Animal Clinic
Our Chapel Hill and Durham veterinarians advise pet owners to practice pet oral hygiene at home and bring pets to our animal clinic for regular cleanings and dental check-ups. Signs to look for that might indicate your pet is experiencing some type of oral pain or discomfort include pus, persistent bad breath, red or bleeding gums, mouth sensitivity, diminished appetite, drooling, and mood changes. If you notice any of these symptoms in your pets, bring them to our Durham facility as soon as possible. We will examine your pet's mouth, assess the amount of damage, and advise you on what animal dentistry services might be needed. If the damage is minimal, we may be able to gently remove the plaque. More advanced cases may require debridement, gingivectomy, surgery and possibly extraction.
What do you do to prevent periodontal disease in your pet? Leave us a comment below or visit New Hope and discover what we can do for YOU and YOUR PET.