Halitosis is a sign of several diseases.
In our veterinary hospital in Markham we still encounter many pet owners who are surprised that their dog or cat has dental problems. Like elsewhere, Markham Pet owners are fully aware that their pets’ mouth smells bad. In fact, almost every time, when we ask an owner, if they noticed any bad breath (medically called halitosis), we get a resounding yes. But what many owners don’t know is that halitosis is usually a result of tooth disease and it is not normal.
Pets’ teeth are very similar to human teeth. We people brush our teeth regularly, many of us floss them regularly as well, we use mouth rinses, and we go to the dentist very regularly (may be once to three times per year)… And every time I go to the dentist he finds tartar buildup creating work for the dental hygienist.
So it should be no surprise that pets who never, or rarely get their teeth brushed, or let alone flossed, develop tartar (calculus) and dental diseases.
Veterinarians in Markham advise: Dental disease shouldn’t be taken lightly. It shortens the life of many pets.
How can a few dirty teeth cause early death?
Quite simple: Food and saliva form ideal growth conditions for bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria multiply into billions and form a layer of tartar. This process is not unlike corrals forming a reef. Once you see a brown stain on the teeth there is already a huge amount tartar deposited, which then starts rubbing against the gums, damaging them and causing micro bleeding. Bacteria now have open access to the blood stream and get washed out with the blood circulation all over the body. They do the most severe damage to the kidneys, liver, and heart, leading to failure of these organs.
Most often the pet develops a heart murmur, which is caused by shriveling up of the heart valves, eventually leading to heart failure and early death.
Veterinarians in Markham all agree that this is one of the most preventable reason of early death.
Please read in the next blog what you can do to keep your pets’ teeth healthy. It’s easier than you think.
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Dr. Marsig and our Careteam
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Animal Hospital of Unionville, a pet hospital on the north side of Hwy 7, serving all pets in Markham, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Stouffville, and North York started in 1966 as Unionville Veterinary Clinic. We are your family vets for dogs, cats, pocket pets (rabbits, chinchillas, gerbils, mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, skinny pigs, etc.), ferrets, and birds (budgies, cockatiel, parrots, amazon, cockatoo, love birds, conures, African greys, finches, canaries, etc.).
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