It’s estimated that by the age of 2, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have periodontal disease. And that can signal serious health problems for your pet: heart valve disease, kidney disease, diabetes, or even cancer.
These are some signs your pet might already have periodontal disease…
- Bad breath—Most pets have breath that is less than fresh, but if it becomes truly repugnant, that’s a sign that periodontal disease has already started.
Frequent pawing or rubbing at the face and mouth.
- Reluctance to eat hard foods.
- Red swollen gums and brownish teeth.
Finally, while any dog can develop periodontal disease, some pets do seem more prone to it. For example, studies have shown that smaller dog breeds like toy poodles, Yorkshire terriers, and dachshunds can be more vulnerable to dental disease.
It’s recommended that you brush your pet’s teeth daily. See this video…
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