As humans, we know it’s not too uncommon for people to develop cavities; however, what about pets? Although it is certainly less common in pets than in people, cavities can also develop in our pets. Cavities may appear as erosions in the enamel of the teeth that may lead to pain and discomfort and dental decay. While cavities may be diagnosed with a direct visual exam, it is often recommended […]
Lots of dogs love to play with tennis balls and, while most pet guardians are aware of the potential choking hazard tennis balls pose to large dogs, tennis balls also present another more subtle danger to pets. The outer covering of a tennis ball is designed to be tough to withstand hard use on a tennis court, and is very abrasive. As dirt and grit become embedded into a tennis […]
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One of the more common clinical complaints presented in the clinic are when animal guardians report that their pet drools excessively. By far the most common cause of this is the presence of some sort of dental or gum disease. Infected teeth and ulcers in the mouth are also common causes. In older pets, benign growths known as epuli, as well as oral cancer may also cause drooling. In certain cases, metabolic diseases including […]
Periodontal disease is one of the most common medical conditions seen in middle-aged and older pets. In fact, it is believed that over 80% of pets over the age of 3 have some form of periodontal disease. Clinical signs may include increased mouth odor, drooling, and difficulty eating hard food. On physical exam, findings may include red and inflamed, gums, increased dental tartar and diseased and/or loose teeth. If left untreated, periodontal […]
Periodontal disease has been said to affect some 80% of pets over the age of three. Left untreated, periodontal disease may lead to infection and abscessation of teeth and roots, as well as secondary infection and/or organ dysfunction of the heart, liver and kidneys. From early puppy and kittenhood, animal guardians are increasingly being instructed to have an active role in dental disease prevention by regularly brushing their pets’ teeth […]