Just like humans, pets need a dental exam and cleaning every year to maintain good oral health. A common condition that can affect your animal’s health is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria and food buildup under the gumline of a pet’s teeth, which can cause chronic pain. At Midway Animal Hospital in Largo, FL, we provide a range of pet dental services, including teeth cleanings, extractions, and care for gum disease, to help improve the quality of life of your beloved animal.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection or inflammation that is caused by bacteria and food accumulating underneath the gums and forming plaque. The buildup from the plaque can separate the teeth, creating a space for bacteria to grow. Without regular cleaning, periodontal disease can occur. This condition can lead to several health problems, including tissue and bone loss and teeth falling out. If you believe your pet is developing gum disease, it’s important to see a veterinarian right away for treatment.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease in Your Pet
Your dog or cat may not show signs of periodontal disease at the early stages. However, as the disease advances, you may notice a few symptoms. Your pet’s gums may bleed or appear red or swollen. Your dog or cat may struggle to eat food, have bad breath, or his or her teeth may fall out. Irritation in the mouth and excessive drooling may occur as well.
Veterinary Care for Periodontal Disease
Our veterinarian in Largo, FL, will examine your pet’s teeth thoroughly as well as clean and polish them. Our vet will also remove plaque buildup from hard to reach places. After your pet’s dental cleaning, we will show you how to clean your animal’s mouth properly. If periodontal disease is too advanced, our vet may suggest extracting the teeth surrounding the diseased gumline.
Schedule Your Pet’s Dental Exam Today
If it has been more than a year since your pet has received proper dental care, it’s time to schedule an appointment with us today. Contact us at 727-315-1822 and learn more about the importance of routine dental care for your pet.