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Your Staten Island Veterinarian Treats Periodontal Disease in Pets

Veterinarian seeing dog for periodontal disease

Periodontitis is the most serious form of oral disease affecting humans and pets. When left untreated, a periodontal disease usually leads to extensive tooth loss, painful gum infections and jawbone weakening in pets and people. To reverse periodontitis in cats and dogs, your Staten Island vet removes hardened plaque and tartar on teeth, treat pockets of infection at the gum line with antibiotics and extracts loose or badly damaged teeth. Scaling and root planning is another treatment for periodontitis in pets that works to deep clean teeth and gums using ultrasonic devices and irrigation techniques. Following a scaling and root planning treatment, your vet may prescribe antibiotic medications to reduce the risk of recurring periodontal disease.

Signs of Periodontal Disease in Pets

The earliest sign of periodontitis in pets is chronic bad breath that can be detected without your pet opening his mouth. As the disease progresses, your pet may start:

  • Salivating excessively/have a constantly wet chin (drool may be mixed with blood if abscesses exist or gums are infected)
  • Avoiding crunchy food or try to eat kibble without success
  • Appearing lethargic or depressed
  • Neglecting to groom their coat
  • Having a discharge from their nose or eyes
  • Sneezing frequently
  • Losing weight

Cats and dogs with mild or moderate periodontal disease may continue grooming themselves, which will give their fur a constantly foul odor. Also, if a bacterium from a periodontal infection reaches an animal's bloodstream, the animal could suffer high fever, diarrhea, and vomiting indicative of sepsis, a serious medical condition requiring immediate treatment from your Staten Island veterinarian.

Antibiotic Therapy for Pets with Periodontal Disease

Local antibiotic therapy is another type of periodontal treatment involving controlled applications of anti-microbial solutions by your vet directly on infected areas of the gums. One advantage to local antibiotic therapy is the ability to rapidly treat bleeding, inflamed gums and eliminate bacteria. Additionally, this therapy does not cause side effects associated with systemic antibiotic use, especially gastrointestinal disturbances. Localized antibiotic therapy provides excellent results when used after a scaling and root planning procedure before bacteria have a chance to accumulate on dental enamel and at gum lines.

Consequences of Untreated Periodontal Disease in Dogs and Cats

Tooth pain, swelling/abscesses, difficulty eating and swallowing, blood infection and loss of teeth are the main consequences of neglecting to reverse periodontitis with professional dental care from your Staten Island veterinarian. To help prevent periodontal disease from affecting your pet, your vet offers pet teeth cleaning, cavity filling and tooth extraction services to ensure your pet enjoys excellent oral health.

To learn more about periodontal disease in pets or to schedule a dental examination for your pet, please call our Castleton Ave. office at 718-448-3680 or our Hylan Blvd office at 718-980-6491. If you are a new client, ask about receiving a 20 percent discount on your pet's first office exam.

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