FUR-prising consequences of ignoring your pet’s oral health!
Pushing dental care to the side can lead to a lot of added complications. Luckily, most of these complications can be solved easily! Below is a list of the most surprising issues that come from disregarding doggy dental care…
- Jaw Fractures – Canine oral problems can sometimes lead to tooth loss, inflamed gums, advanced gum disease and tissue loss. As white blood cells fight bacterial invaders, it erodes the structural supports of the tooth sockets and jaw bones.
- Organ damage – Harmful oral bacteria can travel to other parts of the body, by way of the bloodstream. Kidney and liver infection have been well-documented in dogs with untreated gum disease.
- Toll on the ticker – Dogs who suffer from chronic inflammation caused by periodontal disease are at increased risk of developing heart conditions, including endocarditis and congestive heart failure.
- Poor management of chronic conditions – Chronic oral infections can interfere with the ability to sustain healthy blood sugar levels among diabetic dogs. Likewise, diabetic dogs are at increased risk of developing infections not limited to the oral cavity.
- Personality changes – What you may attribute to as changes brought on by aging, such as less energy, appetite, social withdrawal and a crabby attitude, may actually be rooted in the teeth and gums!
Fortunately, many proud pup parents report that they’re dogs’ behaviors and personality go back to normal once they’ve had a good dental cleaning or pursued other necessary dental procedures. While dental and periodontal conditions are associated with a range of whole-body complications, they can be prevented or halted relatively easily with consistent care and the right products.
We encourage you to schedule a visit with our partners, Vetted, to address any of these concerns! Vetted is able to see clients throughout the work week at our River North Club. Get your pup smiling again and get him back on the path to PAWS-omely great health!