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Preventing Periodontal Disease

by MetLife Pet Insurance
4 years ago

An estimated 85% of dogs over four years old suffer from some sort of periodontal disease. (Animal Planet Veterinarian Report). Plaque is easily and quickly built up due to the amount of alkaline in the mouths of dogs and cats. Periodontal disease is 5 times more common in dogs and cats than humans. But fortunately, with regular dental cleanings and proper care this disease can be prevented!

Signs and symptoms:

  • Bleeding or inflamed gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive head

Keep in mind that gum disease symptoms usually don’t show up until the disease has progressed and tooth extractions might already be necessary. When symptoms are unchecked conditions including heart, kidney, and liver disease are more likely to develop.

The best thing that you can do today, is start preventative care as early as possible before these symptoms develop.

Here are a few tips to help prevent periodontal disease:

  • Brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis.
    • Make sure that you use a safe to swallow toothpaste. Flavored toothpaste might even help make the teeth brushing process a little easier. Look for products with VOHC Approved Seal, these products have been approved by the Veterinary Oral  Health Council. 
  • Regular oral exams with your veterinarian.
  • Provide them with treats that help their teeth.
    • Look for treats that promote dental health. Even fruits such as apples and carrots help remove tooth residue.

The average vet bill for a periodontal disease claim is $417 with some surgeries even costing up to $5,400.  Health care for animals can be very costly, but with pet insurance from PetFirst, the costs associated with periodontal treatments can be covered. Get a quote today! 

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