Just last week, we had 3 patients visit our practice with swelling of the jaw and face area. All were related to painful tooth issues which needed immediate attention. By the time you see swelling, your pet is experiencing pain and likely has an infection along with other dental related issues.
75% of pets suffer from dental disease by the time they're 3 years old. Left untreated, dental disease can cause your pet pain and eventually lead to tooth loss,
kidney damage, heart disease, and many other complications. And here's a sobering fact: dental disease can lurk beneath the gums, not readily visible. Fortunately, this threat to your pet's health can be avoided with simple preventive measures like regular dental cleanings.
February is dental month but really, every month should be dental month. Visit your veterinarian to learn how to care for your pet's teeth. Simple things like brushing, giving dental treats, and having regular oral examinations will keep your pet's mouth healthy. We all know what it feels like when we have dental issues. The problem is that our pets cannot tell us when they are in discomfort. They may stop eating or playing as actively and we may just contribute that to aging or other issues. Taking care of your pet's teeth will allow a longer, more active and healthy life!
Watch this short video for some great information http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6gNkXpRZkE