Gum Disease in Pets

As a pet owner, it is important that your cat or dog receive proper dental care to keep it happy and healthy. Regular brushing and annual checkups can also help prevent gum disease, which disease occurs when food and bacteria build up along the gums. At Westgate Animal Hospital in Maple Ridge, BC, we provide treatment for all stages of gum disease in order to prevent further complications and improve your pet’s health. Before scheduling your appointment, learn about the causes an symptoms of gum disease below:

Gum problem in dogs

Symptoms of Gum Disease

While the symptoms of gum disease vary from pet to pet, it is important visit our vet as soon as you notice any signs. Some symptoms of gum disease include:

    • Bad breath 
    • Discolored teeth
    • Loose or missing teeth
    • Inflamed gums
    • Bleeding
    • Excessive drooling
    • Weight loss
    • Blood on toys
    • Loss of appetite 
    • Thick or bloody saliva
    • Trouble chewing
    • Irritability

Causes of Gum Disease 

Gum disease in pets can occur due to a variety of causes. Some of these causes include the following:

    • Poor diet
    • grooming habits, such too much licking or biting of the skin
    • Dirty toys
    • Poor oral hygiene 
    • Irregular dental cleaning

How a Veterinarian Can Help

When you visit our animal hospital for gum disease, our vet will perform a thorough evaluation and take x-rays. Afterward, we will work on removing any tartar or plaque on your pet’s teeth and gums. Our veteran may prescribe a topical medication and special toothpaste to help with gum disease. If the gum disease is advanced, we may need to remove some teeth. For certain procedures, your pet may need anesthesia to stay safe and comfortable.

Preventing Gum Disease

There are some preventative measures you can take to help prevent gum disease in your pet. Some of these preventative measures include:

    • Daily brushing
    • Toys designed to improve dental health 
    • Dental chews
    • Supplements
    • Regular dental checkups

Contact us for an Appointment Today

If your pet is exhibiting any symptoms of gum disease, let our team at Westgate Animal Hospital in Maple Ridge, BC, help. To learn about our treatments or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (604) 465-3676 today. When you need a veterinarian near me, we are happy to assist you!

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