According to the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), dental disease affects almost all dogs and cats as early as the age of three! In 2008 a research paper published in the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry showed that there is a positive correlation between the extent of periodontal disease and the increased likelihood of heart, lung and liver damage in dogs.
Now you may be asking what to look for in your dog when it comes to dental disease? Well, it can present in many different ways including: oral pain, chewing difficulties, bad breath, excessive drooling, lumps/bumps inside of the mouth, missing/discoloured teeth, red/swollen/painful or bleeding gums and/or a yellowish-brown tartar crust on the tooth or along the gum line. If you are noticing any of these signs in your furry friend, then give us a call as we would love to check them out!