What Causes Gingivitis in Dogs?
As responsible pet owners, one of the most important things we need to look after is our pup’s dental hygiene. Although often overlooked, proper dental hygiene can save you from a host of medical issues and bills down the line. One major dental issue that affects dogs is gingivitis.
Gingivitis is an early stage form of the more dangerous periodontal disease. It occurs when there’s a large buildup of plaque in the mouth. This plaque eventually hardens into tartar and can cause major inflammation of the gums. The main causes of gingivitis are poor oral hygiene and a poor diet. When a dog has gingivitis, the gums may become very painful, and even start to bleed. Chewing food can be difficult, which can make life uncomfortable for your pup. Some major symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Plaque buildup
- Gums bleeding
- Thin red line along the gums
- Reluctance to eat
- Pus around the gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
The most effective way to treat gingivitis is by getting your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned. During these cleanings, the tartar and plaque are professionally removed while the dog is under anesthesia. Your vet may even prescribe an antibiotic if there’s a bacterial infection. Additionally, you should brush your dog’s teeth frequently with the appropriate doggy toothpaste and toothbrush. This can help take out any remaining food particles and keep their teeth and gums clean.
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To get to the root of your pet’s dental issue, or simply to keep their teeth in tip-top shape, look no further than Kings Crossing Animal Hospital. Nowhere in the Kingwood, Atascocita, Humble, and Porter areas will you find a veterinary team more devoted to returning your furry friend’s smile back to a pearly white. Contact us to learn how we can help care for your pet’s dental health.