How can you tell if your dog or cat has dental disease?

A normal healthy mouth in a dog or cat should have nice clean teeth with no gum inflammation. As dental disease progresses, there is an increase in the risk of other health issues and can cause substantial pain.

If you look at your own dogs teeth, please be careful. Not every dog wants you to look in his or her mouth. The teeth that are most often affected and problematic are the ones in the very back top of the mouth. They can be hard to see as you have to pull back the gum tissue quite a bit to see them.

A good dental care program should include: regular visits to your veterinarian for a complete oral exam, veterinary dental cleaning when advised, daily oral care such as brushing the teeth, and a specially formulated dental diet if recommended by your veterinarian.

Please call us at 740-587-1129 to schedule your pet’s dental evaluation.