Pet periodontal disease occurs commonly in adult dogs and cats. However, this condition is completely preventable. Unfortunately, signs of this disease are often not noticeable to owners until severe damage has occurred. Bluestar Animal Hospital provides dental exams and preventative treatment and guidance to help pet owners promote dental health for their animals.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease in Dogs and CatsGum disease in dogs and cats typically starts with inflammation of one tooth and can progress if not treated. Here are just a few symptoms that may indicate severe gum disease or gingivitis in dogs and cats:
- Problems picking up or eating food
- Chewing on one side of the mouth
- Bleeding or red gums
- Loose teeth
- Bad breathe
- Bloody saliva
It can often be difficult for pet owners to notice signs and symptoms of gingivitis in dogs and cats as animals will often not show symptoms until the problem is severe, and even then they may hide any pain to avoid showing weakness. The best way to make sure that you are staying on top of these signs and symptoms is by keeping up with routine pet dental exams.
Stages of Pet Periodontal Disease
There are different levels of severity of gum disease in cats and dogs. This is what these different stages look like:
- Stage 1 – During this stage, gingivitis in cats and dogs will occur without separation of the gum and tooth. You may start to notice a buildup of tartar on the teeth or gums that are swollen and red.
- Stage 2 – During stage 2, moderate gingivitis has developed. The gums are swollen and have started to become sensitive. There’s a moderate accumulation of plaque on the teeth.
- Stage 3 – At stage 3, periodontal damage has become serious. The gums are swollen, irritated, and bleeding. Plaque under the gum line has started to cause significant bone loss.
- Stage 4 – Stage 4 is known as advanced periodontitis. At this point, there is severe inflammation and the gum tissue has started to recede, leaving the roots of the teeth exposed. At this point, much of the damage is irreversible.
There are different types of treatment recommended at each stage including advanced pet dental work and even extraction. Your veterinarian will recommend the best course of action based on the dental exam.
Dr. Venkat Gutta
Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming
At Blue Star Pet Hospital and Grooming, Dr. Venkat Gutta provides high-quality and modern veterinary services to all your furry friends! At Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team are committed to providing your pets with both a full-service Veterinary Hospital and a modern grooming salon (St. Johns location only) for dogs and cats. Our primary commitment is to provide your companion animals with the highest quality medical care. Dr. Gutta strongly believes in treating your four-legged companions as family members and providing them with excellent yet affordable veterinary care. At Bluestar, we also think that it is important to educate you, as a pet owner, and ensure that the unique needs of you and your pet are met at all times. Through Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team serve clients in Durbin Crossing, Jacksonville, St Augustine, St Johns, CR 210, and other areas. Whether it is pet vaccinations, surgery, techniques, advanced diagnostic testing, or even flea and tick control products, we give you access to the best and most cutting-edge treatments and technologies. At Bluestar, we believe that your pet is the STAR!
Prevent Periodontal Disease in Pets in St Johns & Jacksonville, FL
Periodontal disease can have serious consequences for your pet. Regular pet dental hygiene and routine exams are the best way to prevent these issues for your cat or dog. In addition to brushing your animal’s teeth every day, you should also bring your pet in for routine oral exams and cleanings.
Are you concerned about your pet’s dental health? To schedule a dog or cat exam with Dr. Venkat Gutta or Dr. Sri in St. Johns, call (904) 720-4275, or (904) 720-4272 to see Dr. Amar in Jacksonville. Remember – Bluestar Animal Clinic offers affordable wellness plans for dogs and cats plan