Dentistry is just as important to your pet as it is to you. In fact, your pet’s oral health affects their overall health. To your family, your pet is a family member; therefore, taking the time to ensure your four-legged family member has the best pet oral care improves their overall health and extends the time your family has with them.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is one of the most common dental problems facing your pet. To make matters worse, periodontal disease varies in severity. What one pet exhibits as symptoms may be different for another pet, making it imperative for you to bring your pet to our Normandale Veterinary Hospital if your dog or cat has any of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Missing teeth
  • Abnormal chewing
  • Abnormal drool
  • Reduced appetite
  • Oral pain
  • Bad breath

Since your pet can’t tell you they are in pain, it’s imperative that you are constantly observing your pet to determine the best course of action.

How Gum Disease Affects Your Pet’s Overall Health

Gum disease isn’t simply a buildup of plaque on your pet’s teeth. If your pet has gum disease, then they likely have a serious case of bad bacteria in their mouth and inflammation. All of these variables threaten your pet’s overall health. An overgrowth of bacteria and gingivitis (inflamed gums) can affect your pet’s heart, kidneys, and liver.

Research has shown that bacteria in a pet’s mouth can damage cardiac tissue, which can lead to myocardial infarctions. Fortunately, all of this is preventable.

Why You Should Take Your Pet to the Vet

One of the easiest ways to prevent your pet’s oral health from having a negative effect on their overall health is by taking them to the vet. At Normandale Veterinary Hospital, we recommend that you bring your furry family member in at least once a year. If we find that the treatment plan warrants additional visits, then we take the time to explain the treatment options and help you schedule additional visits.

When it comes to your pet’s oral health, you must be diligent about ensuring that they receive the best care possible; otherwise, you could jeopardize their overall health. At Normandale Veterinary Hospital, we are here to help you ensure that your pet’s smile is bright and healthy. Start the process by giving us a call today to set up an appointment for your pet.