Cats and dogs are susceptible to dental disease, just like us two-legged folk. Periodontal disease is the most common condition. This sees a tartar build-up cause irritation around the base of the tooth, which in turn creates inflammation also known as gingivitis. In bad cases, an infection can occur resulting in tooth loss and or removal.
If tartar build-up is beyond a certain point, a vet appointment is necessary so your pet can be given a general anaesthetic in order for a veterinarian to remove the tartar. Dental examinations as part of scheduled health checks are good to monitor the level of tartar build-up, and if familiarised with a toothbrush, dogs can have their teeth cleaned at home regularly.
Contact us to learn more about dental disease in domestic pets, or to schedule an appointment to have your own pet’s teeth checked.