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Dental Disease in Senior Dogs: Be Aware of the Signs

Dental Disease in Senior Dogs

Dental disease is a common problem found in senior dogs. Unfortunately, many dog owners are not aware of the signs of dental disease and do not seek treatment for their pets until it is too late. At Citrus Heights Pet Hospital, our veterinarians help identify the signs of dental disease in senior dogs and can provide the appropriate treatment.

Signs of Periodontal Disease in Dogs

Did you know that periodontal disease is the most common dental problem in pets? It's a serious issue, and if left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and other health problems. Some notable symptoms include:

  • Discoloration of the teeth
  • Cracked, loose, or broken teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Favoring a side of the mouth
  • Change in temperament

Treatment of Periodontal Disease

Treatment typically involves a combination of professional cleaning, at-home care, and medication. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. If surgery is needed, your senior dog will need bloodwork before we use anesthesia to ensure there won't be any complications. If you notice signs of periodontal disease, it's important to schedule an appointment with us right away.

Pet Dental Care Can Prevent Periodontal Disease

It's vital to be proactive with your senior pet's teeth and gums. You can do your part by having routine appointments with our veterinarians to clean your pet's teeth and check for abnormalities. We can also demonstrate the proper way you can clean your pet's teeth at home. Proper care at home and with help from a professional is needed to keep your senior pet's teeth in check.

Contact Us for Pet Dental Care from Our Veterinarians in Citrus Heights, CA

If your senior pet is experiencing problems with its teeth and gums, don't hesitate to call Citrus Heights Pet Hospital for professional periodontal disease treatment. Our veterinarians have the experience and knowledge necessary to provide your furry friend with the best possible care.

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