Pet Dental Care: A Necessity

Photo: Cat Teeth Penn Vet

Dental Care for your pets may seem like a cosmetic issue, but when your pet has red gums, yellow teeth, and stinky breath, it could be a sign of dental disease, that could, if left untreated, lead to devastating effects on your pet’s quality of life. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three.

Preventive oral care is not only necessary for pets; it’s financially sound for pet owners. In 2020, the average claim amount for pet teeth cleaning without anesthesia is between $100 – $300. In contrast, the average claim amount for treating dental-related diseases can range from $300 – $1300.

Veterinarians suggest bi-annual oral health evaluations as well as looking for the warning signs of gum disease in between. Below is the American Veterinary Dental College’s formal list of indicators that a dog or cat may have dental disease.

  • Bad breath
  • Loose or discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar
  • Pet not comfortable with owner touching within the mouth area
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite

Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, it is the perfect time to call your veterinarian and schedule a dental visit for your pet. Remember  dental health should be a daily ritual all year long. If you are unsure about how to brush your pet’s teeth, click here for a tutorial.

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