Good oral hygiene is not only important for people, but for our pets as well. When harmful bacteria are allowed to accumulate and grow in our pet’s mouths, periodontal disease can develop and threaten their overall health. In fact, periodontal disease is one of the most common reasons people ultimately bring their dogs and cats to a veterinarian. At Lee’s Veterinary Hospital, we consider oral hygiene a priority for our patients. We offer dental cleaning, polishing, and extractions for pets living in Cullman, Vinemont, Fairview, West Point, and Good Hope, Alabama.
The doctors at Lee’s Veterinary Hospital recommend initiating regular dental cleanings and exams when your pets are young to prevent the development of periodontal disease. Routine checkups and cleanings from your veterinarian are key factors in keeping your pet healthy. Brushing your pet’s teeth in between cleanings and supplying them with oral hygiene chews are additional preventive measures.
If you notice your pets illustrating the following symptoms, they may be suffering from periodontal disease and should be evaluated.
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Bad breath
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Broken or loose teeth
- Gum recession and/or gum swelling
- Pain in or around the mouth
- Pawing at the face or mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Swelling of the face
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Weight loss