Heartworms are exactly what they sound–3-6 inch worms that live in the heart [...]
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3. Every meal leads to plaque being deposited on teeth. If plaque is not brushed off it will have minerals deposited on it and become tartar. Eventually the tartar can lift the gum line exposing the deep structures of the tooth. Bacteria can then invade and cause the tooth to loosen and even fall out.
Signs of dental disease are bad breath, reluctance to chew food, swollen or bleeding gums.
Left untreated dental disease will cause pain for your pet. As well, bacteria can get out of the mouth and into the blood stream through the damaged root structures. These bacteria can settle out in the heart, liver and kidneys and cause severe disease.
Regular veterinary exams and prevention programs that we can recommend involving dental diets, chew toys and brushing can help to help prevent dental disease.
If we find that your pet already has dental disease we can recommend a full cleaning and evaluation of the teeth. We have the equipment to perform this procedure. Once the teeth are cleaned we can start a prevention program to improve your pet’s health.