Foul-smelling breath from four-legged family members can be unpleasant for pet owners. But it can also be a sign of underlying health issues that may require veterinary attention.
Bad breath in pets is a common symptom of periodontal disease, an inflammation of the teeth’s supporting structures often referred to as gum disease.
While its stages vary in severity, gum disease affects more than 80 per cent of dogs and cats as young as three years of age. And while certain breeds are prone to gum disease, all pets are at risk, regardless of shape, size or pedigree.
To support your pet’s optimal health, Fruitland Veterinary Hospital recommends a preventative approach to oral hygiene. Much like human dental care, we advise your pet receives an examination, teeth cleaning or oral care advice every six months.
Periodontal disease is caused by food particles accumulating along your pet’s gumline forming calculus, or hardened dental plaque. This is an early-stage form of the disease known as gingivitis, and is treatable.
However, once the calculus builds up under the gum, separating it from the teeth, the disease becomes irreversible. Late-stage gum disease increases the risk of your pet developing serious infections of the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs and brain.
As well as bad breath, other signs of periodontal disease in pets can include:
Inflamed, bleeding gums
Loss of appetite
Stomach or other digestive problems, among others.
The good news is that with regular dental checkups by Fruitland Veterinary Hospital’s expert team of veterinary professionals, early stages of periodontal disease can be reversed. We take the time to explain the disease process and treatment options, as well as answer your questions.
Because we care about your companions like we do our own, we take a family-oriented approach to every client that walks into our clinic. We treat your pets with care and compassion in a clean, comfortable and state-of-the art clinic.