We all know that our pets are, in many ways, like our children. They love us unconditionally, they make us laugh, and they bring joy into our lives. And when they’re sick or hurting, we want to do everything we can to make them better.
But when it comes to gum disease in dogs, that desire to help may not be enough—and it could even make things worse for your pup. Around 80% of dogs over 3 years suffer from gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss and infection. It’s also one of the most common dental problems found in dogs.
In this blog, we’ll discuss the dangers of gum disease to your dog’s health.
3 Dangers of Gum Disease to Your Dogs
Gum disease is a serious issue that can have far-reaching consequences for your dog’s health. Here are some of the dangers gum disease poses to your dog:
Tooth loss and infection
If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and infection. The bacteria in your dog’s mouth will spread to his bloodstream, causing systemic inflammation and other problems. As the infection spreads, it can cause damage to organs, and if left untreated, gum disease could even be fatal for your dog.
Research has linked heart issues with people who have periodontitis—a type of gum disease that affects the gums around teeth. It’s possible that dogs who suffer from periodontitis could also develop heart problems as a result. This is truly fatal to your dogs and needs to be treated with the proper care from your veterinarian.
Malnutrition is a common symptom of periodontitis in dogs. Dogs who experience severe tooth loss can lose weight, which could be dangerous if it’s left untreated. This is because a dog’s body needs nutrients from food to maintain muscle mass and keep organs functioning properly. If a dog loses too much weight, they may become lethargic and lose muscle mass. This can cause problems with your dog’s ability to move around and perform normal activities like walking or running.
Help Your Pet Get the Dental Health They Deserve
Annual dental checkups are an important part of keeping your pet’s mouth healthy. At Exceptional Pets Cave Creek, we’re committed to helping every pet feel its best. We’re also dedicated to educating pet owners about the importance of oral health and how to keep your pets happy and healthy.
Book an appointment today to get your pet’s teeth checked.
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