Got Halitosis? Dental or Gum Disease Can Cause Bad Breath

Smiling dog - no dental or gum disease here!

Does Your Pet Have Halitosis?

Most often feline and canine bad breath is caused by dental or gum disease. Plaque and tartar are the main culprits for an unpleasant odor in the mouth of your sweet pet. Halitosis can also be a sign of  a bigger problem than plaque and tartar.  Some fun facts below may be of interest to you as an owner dealing with this stinky situation.

      • Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed infectious disease in pets.

      • By the time your pet is 4 years old, 85% of cats and dogs show signs of oral disease.

      • If left untreated, oral disease can lead to serious consequences for your pet, including severe pain, bad breath and tooth loss.

      • Chronic infections can spread to the major organs, where they can seriously compromise your pet's health.

Routine Dental Care

Your personal daily routine includes taking good care of your teeth. Imagine if you did not brush your teeth or see your dentist regularly.  Your pet's teeth have the same needs. But you can relax because there are options to help you improve your pet's dental health.

      • Daily brushing can prevent the build up plaque & gingivitis.

      • Dental chews, diets, and treats help to a certain extent but it is best to brush.

      • Regular checkups with the vet and annual dental cleanings provide good health and a very clean mouth.

Not sure if your pet is suffering from dental disease?

Stop by for a free dental exam by one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians. These trained staff members can help you grade your pet's dental health and make hygiene recommendations. February is dental month here at Falconbridge Animal Hospital and Village Veterinary Hospital. A discount is offered on all dental cleanings. Call today for details and information on how to get a customized estimate for a complete dental for your pet.

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