POMEROY — February was National Pet Dental Health Month and the American Veterinary Medical Association used the month to bring awareness to the potential health risks caused by periodontal disease.
The most common clinical condition in cats and dogs — periodontal disease — is completely preventable.
According to Katie Mace, a staff member at Ohio Valley Animal Clinic in Pomeroy, gum disease doesn’t affect just the mouth, it can also damage major organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys.
“Studies have shown that dogs with severe periodontal disease can have oral bacteria enter their bloodstream and cause microscopic damage to their major organs. Over time, the damage adds up and can mean a shortened life with more severe illness for your pet.”
Veterinarians recommend if you’re smelling bad breath or seeing red gums, it is definitely time for a cleaning and oral check up. Bad breath in dogs and cats isn’t natural, unless they just shared your “everything” pizza.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.