Do you know the most common disease in dogs and cats?
12 Feb 2016
Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. Does your pet have it?
It’s time to schedule their checkup today and find out.
Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over the age of three. Although most dogs and cats will develop some sort of dental disease, small dog breeds (such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds, and Toy Poodles) and certain larger breeds (such as Greyhounds) are more prone to developing periodontal disease than other breeds.
Bad breath is more than just a nuisance – it may be a sign of a significant dental problem. Dental disease can also contribute to more severe medical conditions. If dental issues are left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for problems in their mouth (such as tooth root abscesses and periodontitis) or with internal organs (such as heart disease or difficulty controlling other problems like diabetes). The challenge most pet owners face is that even if their pet’s breath smells fine, some dental issues are hard to spot.
So what can you do?
Early preventive measures, such as at-home care and in-clinic teeth cleanings, will help to reduce the frequency and severity of dental disease later in life. At our hospital, we follow the Oral ATP™ protocol which focuses on three areas:
Assess the teeth with veterinary oral exams at least twice a year. At every visit, we will perform a comprehensive examination of your pet’s teeth and gums.
Treat any problems without delay. Just like when you visit your dentist, we use special tools to remove tartar from below the gum line and smooth the surface of each tooth to prevent tartar buildup. We provide state-of-the-art intra-oral radiographs (x-rays) to examine the parts of the teeth that we can’t see, and make the best recommendations for your pet.
Prevent oral disease with daily home dental care. Daily home care is the key to protecting your pet’s teeth between regular veterinary visits. Examples of home care can include daily tooth brushing, tartar control treats or rinses, and plaque control water additives. We only recommend products that have met the pre-set standards of the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council), so you can know you are doing the best thing for your pet’s oral health.
Keeping your pet healthy from toe to tooth shows the world how much you love them. The best way to keep your pet in tiptop shape is to schedule your pet’s regular checkup with us. We’re committed to your pet’s well being every step of the way. (Because we love them, too!)