The #1 Pet Health Problem diagnosed in dogs and cats at the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic is oral disease. Preventative dental care is very important in maintaining your pet’s overall health! Dental disease can be painful to both dogs and cats. Regular exams and dental cleanings are the best way to keep your pet happy, and healthy!

Take a look under your pet’s lip! Recognize any of these?

Stage 1 of Dog and Cat oral disease, Gingivitis

Stage 2 of Dog and Cat oral disease, Periodontis

Look for these warning signs:

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow or brown discolored teeth
  • Red inflamed gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Reluctance to play or chew toys
  • Swelling around muzzle or jaw

Why does my pet have Bad Breath?
Imagine if you never brushed your teeth! Plaque, which is material consisting of bacteria, saliva and food particles, accumulates on your pets teeth after each meal. The bacteria begins to excrete toxic waste products and enzymes that break down the gum tissue. As the infection continues, the gumline becomes inflamed, which in turn causes a very foul-smellinng odor. If the plaque is allowed to remain on your pet’s teeth, within a few days it begins to materialize and forms the brown tartar that you can see. If this is left untreated, it can result in abscessed teeth, which must be extracted, and can place additional demands on the heart, kidney’s and liver- shortening your pet’s happiness and life!

Is there anything I can do?
Brush: Preventing periodontal disease begins at home. By brushing your dog’s teeth on a regular basis, you will help to reduce plaque buildup. BE SURE TO use a toothbrush and toothpaste specially designed for dogs!

C.E.T. HEXtra Chews: There are chews availiable with a certain antiseptic called Chlorhexidine which has been proven to prevent plaque build up. As your pet works on the chews, the antiseptic is released to coat their teeth and help stop the formation of tartar. Come in today and ask us about C.E.T. Chews!

Dog Dentistry & Cat Dentistry: You visit your dentist regularly for cleaning and dental exams; you should take your dog or cat to your veterinarian for the same type of dental care. Regular professional dental cleaning under general anesthesia, including areas under the gum line will help remove plaque and tartar on teeth. This can help reduce the bacteria’s contribution to periodontitis.