Southshore Animal Hospital offers routine cleaning, polishing, and tooth extractions for pet owners in Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Our experienced veterinarians recommend initiating regular dental cleanings and exams when your pets are young to prevent the development of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease in pets begins with bacteria in the mouth that harden and form plaque. If not removed during routine checkups and cleanings from your veterinarian, these bacteria will accumulate, harden into tartar, and can lead to the development of periodontal disease. In addition to problems with teeth and gums, once periodontal disease is established, the constant exposure to bacteria can possibly cause damage to major organs of the body such as the heart, liver, and kidneys.
This potential for organ damage, in addition to painful problems with teeth and gums, is why dental care is considered a key factor in keeping your pet healthy. In fact, regular dental visits, brushing your pet’s teeth in between cleanings, and supplying pets with oral hygiene chews are all preventive measures that can add years to the life of your pet.
If you notice your pets showing the following symptoms, they may be suffering from periodontal disease and should be evaluated:
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Bad breath
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Broken or loose teeth
- Gum recession and/or gum swelling
- Pain in or around the mouth
- Pawing at the face or mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Swelling of the face
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Weight loss
Call Southshore Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment for your pet’s dental care.