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The Basics of Gum Disease in Dogs


Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is a serious condition that affects the gums and jawbones of a pet. Gum disease often begins with very subtle signs so knowing it is there can be challenging. As the disease worsens over time, dogs may experience: 

  • Bleeding and red gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Bumps in the mouth
  • Bloody saliva
  • Favoring one side of the mouth when chewing

Gum disease and other poor oral health issues can lead to a variety of other medical conditions if not treated properly, including: 

  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Complications of diabetes in dogs
  • Broken jaw
  • Compromised immune system 

The best way to avoid gum disease is by incorporating good oral care for your pup each and every day. Brush their teeth in slow circular motions and be sure to get the hard to reach spots all the way in the back as well. Focus on the teeth and the gums and use a toothbrush and toothpaste that are dog-friendly. You can also give your pup a dental chew toy which is great at eliminating any loose food particles and plaque. Talk to your vet about getting a professional dental cleaning done at least once a year. Finally, consult with your vet on wellness plan options. By enrolling your pup in a wellness plan, your vet will be able to give you guidance every 3-6 months on the best path forward for your dog’s overall health - including dental health! By providing your dog with great oral hygiene early on, your pet will be healthy and have shiny pearly whites!

Hope Animal Clinic Can Take Care Of Your Pet’s Dental Issues

Even if you are staying on top of your best friend’s dental care needs, it’s still important to be mindful of some of the most common signs of trouble. At Hope Animal Clinic, we provide pet dentistry for dogs and cats in Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay, Burnet, and the surrounding areas, and we’d love to take care of your favorite fur baby’s pearly whites! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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