Disease in Senior Pets
(dental) disease is a major chronic health problem in senior dogs,
affecting 85 to 95 percent of all dogs age 4 and older. The first
signs of periodontal disease are bad breath and a buildup of plaque
on your dog's teeth, which can lead to gingivitis (inflammation
of the gums) and periodontitis (inflammation of the soft tissue,
ligaments and bone that surround and support the teeth). Without
treatment, these conditions can provide entry for bacteria into
the blood, which may lead to infection in almost any body organ.
Consult your veterinarian when changes in your dog's mouth are first
noted. Your veterinarian can diagnose the presence of disease and
recommend appropriate action, such as:
veterinary cleaning or more extensive dental procedures.
At-home dental care.
Dental chew toys.
Antibiotics, where appropriate.
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