So what… all dogs and cats have stinky breath?
The Progression and Dangers of your Pet’s Stinky Breath
You are not alone. The stinky dog breath epidemic has hit hard. Have you ever been in your car with your dog and wondered, “What is that smell?” and then realized that the smell is not only coming from your dog; it is coming from an unexpected place…your dog’s mouth! And by the way, that smell from your cat’s whisker area is not stinky cat food! Both things are probably dental disease and decay. You can fix that and give you and your pet more healthy and happy years together.
Dental disease starts with plaque build-up. Our pets cannot brush their own teeth. Food bits and bacteria get trapped and form plaque along the gumline. Brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective means to prevent plaque from building up.
When plaque is not removed it hardens, turns into tartar, and attaches to the tooth surface. Tartar build-up causes bad breath Once tartar forms, it begins to irritate the gums, causing and inflammation (gingivitis). A dental cleaning is needed to remove tartar and prevent periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease occurs if the tartar is not removed. Tartar will begin to get in between the teeth and the gums. Tartar then starts to build up underneath the gumline and forms “pockets”. This is now the perfect place for more bacteria to grow and live. This is irreversible but can be stopped or slowed down. If it is not impeded it can be very painful and can lead to abscesses, loose teeth and bone loss. As bacteria continue to multiply they can then enter the bloodstream and damage your pet’s liver, heart, and kidneys.
If you do not know what you beloved pet's dental grade is call us today. The entire month of February is National Pet Dental Health month. This month we are demonstrating teeth brushing and handing our preventative dental care kits with every exam. Also we are giving away one complimentary preventative dental care product for any patient that gets a teeth cleaning this month.
Call Rice Village Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment 713-527-0489.