24
JUL
2015

“Doggie breath” could be a sign of serious disease

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Does your sweet pet have sour breath? That odor coming from your pet’s mouth could be more than a nuisance; it could signify a serious health risk with the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

“Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for our pets,”.  “In addition to causing receding gums, tooth loss, and often significant pain, bacteria in the mouth enters the bloodstream, potentially affecting the heart, liver and kidneys, which can be life threatening.”

According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease by the age of three, often indicated by bad breath, a change in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and mouth and depression.

In addition to professional dental care, we advise pet owners to make oral home care part of their pet’s routine as a way to prevent tooth decay.

Although daily tooth brushing is advised for dogs and cats, only 2 percent of dog owners follow through. In addition, 65 percent of dogs with stage one periodontal disease often go untreated. Pet owners can work with their veterinarians to begin a pet dental care routine at home in addition to regular dental exams and professional dental cleanings.

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