Anesthesia-Free Dentistry

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 […]

Feline gingivitis

Feline gingivitis

Feline gingivitis/stomatitis is defined as inflammation of the gums and oral cavity commonly seen in many cats. While there can be specific causes of this chronic and frustrating inflammation such as viral infection with feline herpes virus (rhinotracheitis), calicivirus (FCV), feline leukemia virus and/or feline immunodeficiency virus, most of the time no specific causative agents can be found, placing the cause as ideopathic/immune mediated, which means that the cat’s immune […]

Causes of bad breath in pets

Causes of bad breath in pets

Bad breath in dogs and cats is one of the more common observations animal guardians make and a question often posed to veterinarians. There are many possible causes of bad breath, from poor diets and digestive health, to sinus/respiratory infections, and many metabolic diseases such as kidney or renal disease. However, by far the most common cause of bad breath in dogs and cats is the presence of periodontal and gum disease. […]