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Periodontal disease is all too common in our pets. 

Most people don’t think about their cats’ teeth very often. From a grooming standpoint, cats typically do a pretty good job of taking care of themselves, but According to VetStreet.com, 85 percent of all pets have periodontal disease by the time they reach the age of three. While periodontal disease may not seem like a big deal, it’s important to note that it can lead to and complicate a variety of health issues down the road. The following is a list of a few signs that your cat has dental disease:

#1. Halitosis

In general, a cat’s breath typically doesn’t smell bad. If your cat has halitosis, otherwise called bad breath, it is a sign that there is something wrong.

#2. Eating Changes

Is your cat chewing with just one side of his or her mouth, or is he or she dropping the food often while trying to eat it? These kinds of eating changes could be a sign that your cat is experiencing pain while chewing.

#3. Disinterest in Food

Have you noticed that your cat is reluctant to eat his or her food? If so, this could be a result of pain or irritation in the mouth.

#4. Excessive Drooling

If you find that your cat is drooling or salivating more than normal, this could be a sign of dental disease, especially if the drool has blood in it.

#5. Pawing the Mouth

If you cat is pawing at his or her mouth, it is probably because his or her mouth is irritated.

At Sun Valley Animal Center, we are probably best known for our pet surgery in Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings, but we offer so much more. Now that you know the signs of dental disease, it’s time to learn about why teeth cleaning is so important. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more.