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    Gum Disease in Dogs

    Gum disease in dogs starts with bacteria on the teeth, forming plaque and causing gingivitis. If not removed, it hardens into tartar. Over 85% of dogs over 3 years old are affected. Small breeds are more prone.


    Stages of dental disease in dogs

    Stages of dental disease in dogs: Gingivitis: Inflammation of gums. Early periodontitis: Some ligament and bone loss, bad breath. Moderate periodontitis: Up to 50% tooth support loss. Advanced periodontitis: 50% or more bone loss, significant tartar build-up, requires extractions. Effects of gum disease on a dog’s health: Bacteria can enter the bloodstream, affecting the heart, causing insulin resistance, kidney damage, and liver issues.

    Symptoms of Bladder Stones in Dogs

    Bad breath Bleeding gums Excessive drooling Pawing at the mouth Pain, reluctance to eat, lethargy

    Diagnosing gum disease in dogs

    Diagnosing gum disease in dogs: Vet examination, often under anaesthesia for a thorough check, X-rays, and dental probing.

    Treatment of gum disease in dogs

    Depends on the stage: Gingivitis: Tooth brushing and good oral care. Periodontitis: Scaling, polishing, and regular dental care. Advanced periodontitis: Tooth extraction.

    Preventing gum disease in dogs

    Brush your dog’s teeth daily or at least 3 times weekly. Use dog-specific toothpaste. Apply topical medications like Dentisept gel. Consider food and water additives. Provide dental chews and avoid risky bones. Schedule regular vet check-ups for dental assessments. Periodontal disease isn’t reversible, so maintaining regular dental care is vital.

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