PetMeds® Preventing Periodontal Disease in Dogs and Cats
|Periodontal disease can affect up to 80% or more of middle age and older dogs and cats. Symptoms often include buildup of plaque or tartar on the teeth, as well as inflammation or redness of the gums. Teeth or roots can become infected along with increased odor from the mouth or drooling. In my experience and opinion, giving healthy pets raw meaty bones can be one of the most effective ways for a pet to naturally self clean their teeth. I have not seen problems when bones are give raw in most cases.|
Chicken wings, marrow bones, and beef/chicken backs can often be used depending upon the size of the pet. It is the cooked bones that often splinter and cause the most problems, in terms of digestive upset or obstructions. Certainly brushing pets’ teeth with enzymatic products like C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste or providing C.E.T. Chews or Greenies can help with dental maintenance. Usually at home brushing should be done at least 3 to 4 times a week to have some long term benefit. Without proper preventative dental hygiene, pets can develop progressive periodontal disease which can lead to oral pain and tooth loss, as well as possibly infection in other areas of the body such as the heart, kidneys or lungs.
If periodontal disease develops, your veterinarian can ultrasonically scale your pet’s teeth, which usually requires general anesthesia. The frequency this is needed can vary. Some pets need annual teeth cleaning, while others sometimes don’t need another cleaning for several years.