“We really need to see ‘Maxy’ for a dental”, it’s a common request given that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of 3 experience some form of dental disease. So if you have heard a similar comment like this from your vet, you are not alone. With some further explanation and photos to illustrate, we hope to help you understand why your veterinarian is so insistent about teeth and gum care.
The downside of leaving dental problems untreated is your pet’s teeth and gums can change rapidly. Advanced dental disease is not only painful and uncomfortable for pets, the procedure to clean and remove teeth becomes more complicated and often more costly to treat. Below is a typical scenario for a dog aged 3 years or older with no professional dental cleaning or homecare (teeth cleaning, dental food, bones, etc) provided.