Not taking care of your pet’s teeth can lead to more than bad breath. Even though its completely preventable, periodontal disease is one of the most common clinical conditions in cats and dogs. If your dog or cat has red gums, discolored teeth or stinky breath, it could be a sign of something more serious.
Your pet’s teeth should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian for early signs of problems to be addressed. If your pet shows any of the top signs of dental disease, be sure to book an appointment at a vet clinic near you:
- Bad Breath
- Broken Teeth
- Bleeding in and around mouth
- Sensitivity when touched or petting around the face
- Discoloration of teeth
- Extra Teeth
- Difficulty eating or dropping food
Each February, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month to bring attention to the importance of oral health care for pets. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will develop some form of oral disease by the age of three. Not brushing your pet’s teeth leads to tartar build up on teeth and gums, developing into periodontal disease. If left untreated, this can escalate to more severe secondary diseases like heart or kidney disease.
In celebration of National Pet Dental Health Month, THRIVE Affordable Vet Care is offering $50 off any pet dental! Read more about the discount here and find out how to redeem this offer at your local THRIVE.
Ready to book your pet a dental check-up and keep their teeth and gums healthy? Contact THRIVE today!