At Cloud Peak Veterinary Services, we care about the complete health of your pet, including their teeth and gums. February is National Pet Dental Health Month, the perfect time to show those teeth and gums a little extra love. You may be thinking that your pet’s gums and teeth are perfectly healthy, and you could be completely correct, especially if they’ve had a teeth cleaning recently. However, there are dental diseases that are not noticeable, and we want to help you make sure your furry family member is as healthy as possible.
During the month of February, we are offering a discount on teeth cleaning. During this visit, we will also determine the overall health of your pet’s gums and mouth as well. And as an added bonus, we will send your pet home with a complimentary bag of dental-formulated dog or cat food. It is important to us that our pet owners have the resources to continue to provide great care at home!
At Cloud Peak Veterinary Services, we want all pet owners to have access to the information they need to assist them in making good decisions regarding pet healthcare. Here are some important facts regarding your pet’s dental wellness.
What We Want to Avoid
There are two major diseases that threaten your pet’s dental health: gingivitis and periodontal diseases. Both are the result of the buildup of plaque. We know that plaque is often overlooked as a part of keeping your pet healthy, but it causes as many problems as buildup in our own mouths. The longer this buildup exists in your cute kitty or puppy’s mouths, the more the bacteria is allowed to grow and spread in the mouth. This can lead to tartar or calculus deposits, which can cause serious damage. That tartar pushes down on the gums and exposes more of the root of the tooth, which leads to more pain and sensitivity for your pet. If it isn’t addressed in a timely fashion, we may need to remove some of your pet’s teeth in order to minimize pain and reduce infection.
Symptoms to Be Aware of:
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease. Symptoms of these dental diseases include:
- Swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- A line of red along the gums
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Plaque/ tartar buildup
- Reluctance/ difficulty in eating
- More drooling than normal
If your pet has any of these symptoms, please call our clinic immediately! We are here to ensure your pets are at their healthiest!
We recommend checking at least a couple of things off this list and then slowly working up to everything.
- Get regular teeth cleanings
- Develop a habit of wiping or brushing your pet’s teeth to prevent plaque from becoming tartar
- Make sure your pet’s diet is healthy and includes quality ingredients
- Use an additive in their water to reduce the amount of bacteria that grow in their mouths
- Use Veterinary Oral Health Care (VOHC) approved chews and products (here’s a list of the products they endorse)
If your pet tends to self-groom or has a very crowded mouth, they are much more likely to get these diseases, be sure to take extra care when checking on their oral health! Keep in mind that gingivitis is very treatable. We want to be part of your pet care team, so schedule an appointment with us! Call us at (307) 347-2781 and get your pet in to see us!