Dogs are naturally cheerful creatures, which makes it difficult to tell when they’re in pain or discomfort. One of the biggest causes of overall health problems in dogs is oral health issues.
A build-up of bacteria and plaque can impact your pet’s immune system, which is why regular dental checkups are just as important as vaccinations and deworming. Several dental and gum issues aren’t visible to the naked and untrained eye, why is why you need to entrust your dog to a trained vet. If you don’t, the following effects could occur:
Periodontal disease affects the teeth, gums and jaws and can develop as a result of dental neglect. Research from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association suggests a significant link between periodontal disease in dogs and heart disease, with incidences occurring six-times more in infected dogs.
Internal organs can also develop bacterial infections from periodontal disease. The liver and blood can suffer from complications that are difficult and costly to treat. From a septic bloodstream to deposits of pus in the organs, it’s a highly unpleasant experience for your pet. It can also bring about or exacerbate chronic illnesses, creating a long-term struggle.
A bacterial infection provokes the immune system into fighting back and while the infection may be eradicated successfully, it may lead to harmful tissue loss, leaving your dog more susceptible to infection over time. This can create a painful cycle of infection.
Painful teeth and gums make the task of eating an arduous one. Your dog could exhibit weight-loss, frailness and an increase in health conditions as they’re not getting adequate nutrition. It’s better to prevent this than try to treat it once it’s happened already.
Imagine if your jaw broke because it just couldn’t carry the weight of your gums and teeth anymore. Osteomyelitis, an infection of bone matter, could result in irreparable, painful damage to the dental structure of your dog’s face.
It’s best for both you and your dog if you go on regular visits to the dentist. Sure, your pet might be grumpy on the day, but we’re sure you’d prefer a grumpy pet over an ill one. Find out more about our dental care for pets or contact us today.