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How can you tell if your dog has periodontal disease?

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You may have concerns that your dog’s teeth and gums are not very healthy, but does he/she have Periodontal Disease?

            Unlike us, dogs don’t have opposable thumbs to help them clamp down on a toothbrush and squeeze out some toothpaste. Even if they did, they probably would do what the average three year old does and pout about it. Since we all know that dogs don’t receive three daily brushes like us, and since our pets love to put things in their mouths that we get queasy about just looking at, we might get concerned that they don’t have healthy teeth and gums.

             But unhealthy teeth and gums isn’t the worst thing that could happen. Periodontal Disease is one of the leading causes of our dogs needing to have a visit to the vet, or seek out a specialized dog anesthesia free teeth cleaning service. If left untreated, it can cause plenty of pain and eventually death. So as pet owners, we need to be aware of it, and more important, how to spot it.

             The first thing you should check for is bad breath, or halitosis. Now, you may be thinking that your dog has had bad breath since the day he/she was born, but the truth is dogs have some pretty impressive self-cleaning methods to deal with the majority of microbes that enter their mouths. They don’t smell minty-fresh by any means, but the smell should be minimal. If your dog’s breath is habitually potent enough to turn you away gasping, chances are they have periodontal disease, especially if they are older.

             Another common sign is that your dog is experiencing some major discomfort. You notice this because his/her paws are trying to scrape inside their mouths. They may get so aggravated by it that they become moody and even growl at you. They may have trouble eating or chewing on their favorite toy. While it is not common until end stages, blood on their bones and chew toys is a very good sign that they need to see a veterinarian.

             Periodontal Disease has four stages, and each one exponentially undermines our pet’s teeth. Stage one involves gingivitis and the reddening of the gums around the teeth, and at stage four, tooth loss begins to occur. If your dog’s teeth start coming out, you had better set up a time to see your vet. Chances are at that point you will be kicking yourself for not finding an anesthesia free teeth cleaning service for your dog, because helping your dog at that stage can be pricey!

             As usual with most diseases, it is better, and less expensive, if you use preventive measures to make sure it never happens. Veterinarians usually tell you to bring your dog in for a teeth cleaning once or twice a year. However, because plaque can form very quickly, you need to look for other ways to make sure your pet stays health. A good brushing is always recommended, and while this is something you could try, chances are you want a professional to give your dogs teeth an anesthesia free teeth cleaning.

             K9 Pearly Whites is a great option if you are looking for dog anesthesia free teeth cleaning in Philadelphia. K9 Pearly whites also offers their excellent dog anesthesia free teeth cleaning in New Jersey as well. While these don’t substitute for a vet visit, they are great for making sure that gum disease never has a chance of even forming, saving both your dog’s gums, and your wallet.

 To take a deeper look into anesthesia free teeth cleaning for your dog, check out for all the information you could ever want regarding this safe procedure.

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Joseph Valanzuolo

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Joseph Valanzuolo