The Need for Dental Care
‘Dog’ and ‘Cat’ breath are not normal. It is often a sign of gum or tooth disease. When was the last time you tried to look at all 42 of your dog’s or all 28 of your cat’s teeth? Yes…they have equal to more teeth than we do. Bad breath is just the tip of the iceberg. The infection present causes pain and hidden damage to the liver and lungs and especially the kidneys in cats. According to a study done in 2011 Dental Disease is the most common disease among pets. Read an excerpt from this Portland-based Banfield Pet Hospital study below.
The “State of Pet Health Report” examined disease trends among the 2.1 million dogs and 450,000 cats between 2006 and 2010. The study shows that dental disease, diabetes, parasitic infestations and ear infections plague our pets most often.
“We wanted to focus on the diseases that are very common in dogs and cats,” says Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, Banfield’s chief medical officer. “We wanted to focus on those, because anything we can do to prevent those diseases has a huge impact.”
Dental disease: This is the most common disease among pets, affecting 68 percent of cats and 78 percent of dogs. Periodontal disease has been linked to heart, kidney and liver disease, but it can be prevented by annual teeth cleaning.
Learn more about Gresham Animal Hospital’s Dental Care Services.
SRC: Read the full article of the Portland-based Banfield Pet Hospital study at: www.oregonlive.com/pets/index.ssf/2011/04/banfield_study_reveals_most_co.html