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A Few Facts about the Importance of Dental Care for Dogs and Cats

Joseph Bisignano DVM

An alumnus of Western University of Health Sciences, Joseph Bisignano, DVM, serves VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital as an internal medicine specialist. As such, Joseph Bisignano, DVM, draws on advanced training in virtually all areas of veterinary medicine, including the diagnosis and treatment of kidney and liver disease, chronic pain, and cancer.

VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital provides animals with a variety of primary and specialty care services, including dental care. Dental care is a vital aspect of animal wellness. In fact, periodontal disease is the single most common illness impacting canines and felines. Although gum disease is preventable and treatable, it can result in painful inflammation and, in some cases, organ damage if left unchecked.

A dental care regimen should commence when pets are still a puppy or kitten, as 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats will develop gum disease by 3 years of age without adequate support. Common signs of poor dental health range from bad breath to missing or cracked teeth. Other symptoms that may not immediately be connected to gum disease include swelling under the eyes, discharge from the nose, and weight loss. Preventive measures range from regular dental examinations by a trained medical professional to various home care services, including cleanings and healthy dental diets.

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