Peridontal disease afflicts pets too

Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets

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  • 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of 3 according to the American Veterinary Dental Society.
  • Peridontal disease is a common problem in dogs and cats.
  • 28% of domestic cats develop at least one painful lesion in their mouth during their lifetime.

Oral disease begins with bacterial buildup in your pet's mouth

  • Bacteria combines with saliva and food between the tooth and gum and eventually leads to plaque and then tartar.
  • Without proper preventive or therapeutic care, plaque and tartar build up and led to periodontal disease which affect the tissues and bone structures supporting the teeth. Left untreated, disease can cause pain, tooth abscess and/or loss, and even systemic complications.
  • Tartar enhances bacterial attachment and irritate gingival tissues.

Other health problems can come as a result of periodontitis

  • Periodontal diseases causes red and painfil gums, receding gums, bleeding, pain and bad breath. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth root abscesses and tooth loss.
  • The inflammation from periodontal disease can damage the heart, liver and kidneys and can lead to other, more serious health problems.

Warning signs of oral disease

  • Bad breath
  • Change in eating or chewing
  • Pawing at the face or mouth
  • Depression or reluctance to play
  • Weight loss

You can reduce the risk of oral disease by following the American Veterinary Dentistry Society recommendations:

  • STEP 1: Take your pet to the veterinarian for a dental exam. Don’t wait for his annual checkup if you suspect a problem.
  • STEP 2: Begin a dental care regimen at home. Your veterinarian can suggest steps that may include brushing your pet's teeth. You can also feed your pet food that is specially formulated to combat plaque and tartar buildup. Your veterinarian can point you in the right direction.
  • STEP 3: Schedule regular veterinary checkups to catch things before they become serious.


The vets in our Santa Cruz vet clinic are specially trained in pet dentistry and oral disease. Call now to schedule a checkup and begin your companion's ounce of prevention today. Your loving care will lead to many long years with your cherished pet.
Companion Animal Hospital, a Santa Cruz, CA veterinary office  • 2301 Mission Street • 831.425.1970
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