Did You Know? Dental Health Facts for our Furry Friends:

Did you know…

February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

  • While we recognize the importance of our pets’ dental health every year in February, teeth and gums should be monitored regularly to promote a healthy mouth year-round.  

Did you know…

Adult dogs have 42 teeth and adult cats have 30 teeth.

  • Both puppies and kittens start sprouting teeth anywhere from 3-8 weeks. Puppies typically have around 28 “baby teeth,” or deciduous teeth, while kittens usually have around 26 deciduous teeth. We can expect adult, or permanent teeth, from dogs and cats around 3-6 months of age.

Did you know…

More than 80% of dogs show some degree of periodontal disease by the age of 3.

  • In other words, 8 out of 10 dogs will begin to show signs of periodontal disease at a relatively young age. This is why we recommend checking the color of you pets’ teeth and gums regularly, if not daily, to ensure no significant changes are occurring. If you begin to see dark staining or reddening gums, it’s time to check in with one of our doctors!

Did you know…

Dental disease can lead to other serious health conditions.

  • The mouth and teeth are not our only concerns with allowing dental disease to progress. When teeth begin to coat with bacteria, plaque forms. When said plaque hardens, or calcifies, tartar develops. With tartar comes gum irritation allowing for the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. According to our friends with the North American Veterinary Community:
“Eventually, the inflamed gums pull away from the teeth, creating pockets that trap more bacteria and food particles. The gums bleed, the roots of the teeth may become exposed, teeth may become loose, and your pet may feel pain when eating. If the bacteria enter the bloodstream, they can create problems for organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys.” (NAVC, 2017).

Did you know…

You can brush your pets’ teeth at home!

  • Just as with humans, it is recommended that your cat or dog experiences the mechanical process of a good brushing every day. We know for some, this may not be practical, but the more you can brush the better! It is ideal to begin brushing teeth at a young age to ensure your pet will be accustomed to having his or her mouth handled. We offer a pet toothpaste and brush set for purchase in the hospital, as human toothpaste is not recommended for your pets.

o   So, get brushing! A healthier mouth is a happier mouth! If you need some how-to tips, we find these helpful both for dogs and cats: http://www.petdental.ca/en-ca/pet-dental-care.html

  •  If brushing is simply out of the question for you and your pet, we also offer a wide variety of other at home dental care products. From water additives, to treats packed with plaque-fighting enzymes, fighting dental disease at home has never been easier.

Did you know…

Mouth odor and pain is not normal for your pet.

  • If left unnoticed or untreated, dental disease can cause extreme discomfort for your furry friend. Be mindful of foul odor, sensitivity or swelling near the mouth, excessive drooling, or inflamed gums as these signs may indicate periodontal disease. In some cases, pets may experience weight loss or lack of appetite. If you have any worry or question about your pets’ mouth, it is probably time for a dental check-up!

Did you know…

Often times dental X-Rays are needed to discover the root of the problem.

  • Our hospital now hosts a state-of-the art dental X-Ray machine, allowing us a precise view of your pets’ mouth from every angle and under every gum line.

Did you know…

Expert dental procedures are performed in our hospital every week!

  • When it is time for your pet to have a dental cleaning, rest assured your pet is in great hands. Under the supervision of a doctor and general anesthesia, our licensed veterinary technicians perform dental procedures Monday through Friday. Each tooth is cleaned, polished, and strengthened with fluoride and inspected for integrity. Before, during, and after the teeth cleaning, your pet is closely monitored. Upon dismissal, you will be given specific take-home instructions for follow up care at home. And as always, your pet will go home with a complimentary dental product to prevent future plaque and tartar buildup.

 

In February we celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month!