Dental Disease Is the Most Common Disease in Dogs and Cats, and Preventing or Treating Early Signs Is the Best Medicine.
Keeping your pet's teeth healthy is important as well. At Catalina Animal Hospital, LLC, we can help you learn how to properly care for your pet's teeth and we can also perform dental cleanings, just like your own dentist. In many cases, dental health issues can translate into other health problems so it is important to stay on top of it.
It’s estimated that 85 percent of all pets have periodontal disease by the age of 3. Periodontal disease is a progressive disease of the supporting tissues surrounding the teeth and is the main cause of early tooth loss. Periodontal disease begins when bacteria combines with food particles to form plaque on the teeth. Within just a few short days minerals in the saliva bond with the plaque to form tartar, a hard substance that adheres to the teeth. Periodontal disease usually starts with gingivitis which is the inflammation or reddening of the gums. Later, periodontitis develops which is the loss of bone and/or soft tissue around the teeth. Also, studies have shown that animals that have periodontal disease frequently show disease changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys.
At Catalina Animal Hospital, we provide ultrasonic scaling and polishing for dogs and cats as well as tooth extractions and other oral surgery.
PLEASE CALL US IF YOU NOTICE ANY SIGNS OF DENTAL DISEASE IN YOUR DOG OR CAT:
*Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
*Loose or missing teeth
*Bleeding from the mouth
*Loss of appetite or loss of weight
*Showing interest in food but unable to eat
* Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area.