Pet Gum Disease Causes an Ugly Health Mess
Ugly. Awful. Gross. Nasty. Yes, that pretty much describes gum disease in cats and dogs. For cats, dogs, and humans, gum disease starts from buildup of plaque on the teeth. From this, a chain reaction can occur. The bacteria in the plaque irritate the gum tissue, which can cause inflammation. This can lead to bad breath, bleeding gums, and loosened teeth sockets, loss of teeth, and worse, if not treated. Pet parents may also notice a decline in food intake because of the pain and irritation.
Preventable. Treatable. Curable. Fixable. Luckily, gum disease symptoms can be addressed in a pet dental care routine. Prevention stands as the key. A little initiative by a pet parent can help stop pet gum disease. One effective preventative tool to incorporate is the use of drinking water additives. Products like BreathaLyser® , Zymox®, and C.E.T.® offer superior options to help remove plaque buildup by just adding this to your pet’s water source. Prevention also includes brushing your pet's teeth on a regular basis with a C.E.T.™ Dual-Ended Toothbrush and/or giving him products with the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal that are approved for maintaining oral health. Your veterinarian can also offer some excellent ideas about what might work best to insure pet dental health.
Follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for regular pet dental checkups to examine the pet’s mouth and teeth. Many pets, especially older cats and dogs, may require periodic professional teeth cleaning in addition to routine maintenance. This will help keep plaque away and prevent the potential for pet gum disease.
Smile. Grin. Bark. Meow. Yes, that is what happy and healthy looks and sounds like for pets and pet owners when pet gum disease stays far away from your furred friend’s dental health plan.