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Pet gum disease is serious business, causing complications that can be dangerous to pets' overall health. If you suspect your pet may be suffering from gum disease, a prompt stop at our Yarmouth Veterinary Clinic to see our vets is a must.
Pet gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is one of the most common illnesses in pets. It can be devastating causing mouth pain, loss of gum tissue, and deterioration of bone and occurs when there is inflammation in the gums that support the teeth. Although most pets suffer in silence, this is indeed a serious disease that not only affects the teeth, gums, and mouth but can cause damage to the internal organs if left untreated by our vets.
The symptoms of early pet gum disease include:
Periodontal disease in pets is caused the same way as in humans. After eating, food particles on the teeth combine with saliva and bacteria that turns into a sticky substance which then adheres to the teeth. This is called plaque. White blood cells then react, ironically releasing enzymes that attack the gums, causing them to be painful and inflamed. This is called gingivitis, a condition that causes the gums to separate from the teeth. As this battle rages on, the ultimate result is tooth loss. Severe symptoms may include:
Although these indicate a serious progression, our veterinarians in Yarmouth can treat the disease successfully and alleviate your pet’s pain.
This condition typically starts in one tooth with gingivitis that does not cause separation of gum and tooth. The next two stages involve a 25 percent to 30 percent separation of gum and teeth. In stage 4 there is a 50 percent separation. In severe pet gum disease, the gums have retreated to the point that the roots of the teeth show.
As the most capable veterinary in Yarmouth, we have years of experience and significant skill in treating pet gum disease. The exact treatment will depend on the extent of the disease and ranges from implementing a plan for daily brushing to surgical cleaning, or scaling, of the teeth and under the gum. Topical or oral antibiotics may also be prescribed. If the disease has progressed to the most advanced stage, bone replacement may be necessary.
The good news is that pet gum disease can be prevented. Our vets will help you develop a plan for brushing your pet’s teeth daily as well as scheduling yearly cleanings. In addition, call to find out about our free first exam and 50 percent off spay /neuter for any dog or cat recently adopted from a humane society or rescue organization.
Yarmouth Veterinary Center, in Yarmouth
75 Willow Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096
Phone: (207) 846-6515
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