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Dog Breath? It’s Time For A Pet Dental Exam – Danner Veterinary Hospital

If you have noticed bad breath or dog breath from your cat or dog, it may be time to see Dr. Dan and staff.

When tartar builds up on your pets teeth, the result can be bad breath or Halitosis. Odor producing bacteria are often trapped in this tartar. As your pet eats, small bits of food can become trapped in your pet’s mouth. These particles break down and create a flourishing bacterial environment and smelly dog breath.

The higher vascularity of the gums, especially when infected or inflamed, allows bacteria to get in the blood stream.  This allows the bacteria to go to the filtration of the liver and kidney.  The heart valves can also be affected and add to heart disease.

Typically bad breath in your pet is an indication of a dental or gum disease problem. In some pets, like small dogs, poodles or dachshunds for example, there is a greater susceptibility to plaque and tartar buildup. When plaque builds up at the base of your pet’s teeth, the gums can recede and become inflamed. If your pet has chronic bad breath without you noticing any plaque or gingivitis, it could be an indication of other health problems. You should see our staff to determine if there’s an underlying cause for your pets dog breath. Dr. Danner can perform a complete physical and veterinary dental examination. He may also order lab work to determine your pet’s overall health.  Please review what your pet eats, his exercise routine, his oral hygiene and his general behavior. This will enable you to answer any questions your veterinarian may have.

The most common disease in dogs and cats is dental disease. This condition affects 68% of cats and 78% of dogs over three years of age. Early prevention, when your pet is young, will aid in reducing the severity and frequency of dental disease as your pet ages. One important measure that you can take is to have your pets teeth professionally cleaned; this of course can not be done at home. This would include dental radiographs to evaluate the entire tooth, a complete examination of your pet’s teeth and gums, and checking for abscesses and bone loss. The professional will have special tools for removing tartar from your pet’s teeth even below the gum line.

So, what can you do about Dog Breath?

We have the same high quality dental equipment that your personal dentist has.  Doing root canals on the smallest cat or dog to a full Siberian tiger or monkey who has a broken tooth and the root has become exposed are common repairs for us.

The preventive care you can take at home is, to brush your pet’s teeth at least three times a week.  There are dental rinses and chews that can help if you are unable to brush.

The use of specially formed dry pet food, water additives, and dental chews all may be of some help in the prevention of tartar build up on your pet’s teeth.

Finally, in February you can take advantage of our great special pricing during National Pet Dental Health Month sponsored by the AVMA.  We are offering tremendous savings of 33% off a full  veterinary dental procedure.  This includes a full exam, anesthetic, scaling, polishing and sealing of the teeth.  For more information or to schedule an appointment call Danner Veterinary Hospital at (918) 481-0440.