A periodontal procedure is money well spent because it can prevent more serious problems later. Dental complications can be fatal. If an infection in a tooth spreads systemically, it can affect major organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys. That’s why a dental check up is a good idea. It could save your pet’s life. To put the cost in perspective, add up how much you spend during the year to have your pet groomed.
Remember, pets can’t tell you when they have a toothache, but if your furry friend is pawing at his face, ignoring his food or generally looking down in the mouth, something might be up with his teeth or gums. Small dogs are particularly at risk since their small mouths are ideal for the build up of plaque. In fact, 80% of dogs and 70 % of cats have some gum disease by the time they are just three years old.
How often pets need periodontal therapy depends on the pet. Maybe your pet belongs to the “lucky gene” club and won’t have problems. You can also help by giving pets the right diet. Hard kibble is better than soft food. Veterinarians also encourage owners to brush their pet’s teeth. Tooth brushing can become a fun game for your pet with the use of specially sized toothbrushes and rubber fingers, and liver and chicken flavored toothpaste. And you only have to brush the outside of the teeth, just make sure you brush them all, especially the back ones. Just don’t get your pet’s toothbrush and liver flavored toothpaste mixed up with yours.