All animals are prone to developing teeth problems. Horses have teeth that continue to grow as they get older they need to have their teeth filed on a regular basis or their teeth can develop sharp points or even grow into their gums or other jaw.
Cows and sheep that are on hard country will often wear away their teeth so badly that they can not eat properly and can starve to death.
Pigs (if they live long enough) also develop gingivitis and get infected roots around the premolars or molars.
Cats will develop bad teeth and have severe tartar and gingivitis usually by the time they are three years of age.
Dogs will also develop tartar and gingivitis but the age that this becomes a problem varies with the breeds.
As a general rule – the smaller the animal the earlier the teeth and mouth becomes a problem. Most small dogs will have serious problems by the time they are 5 years old.
Some of the giant breeds will not live long enough to develop serious teeth problems – most giant breeds of dogs are geriatrics by the time they are 4-6 years old.
Dogs such as boxers usually develop growths in their mouth that need to be removed so that the animal can eat properly.
As a general rule – all cats should have their teeth professionally checked at least once a year once they are over 3 years of age, and normally they will need to have their teeth cleaned professionally approx. every 2 years until they are 10 years old and then usually once a year until they are 15 years old. After that it may need to be done every six months
As a general rule – small dogs will need to have their teeth cleaned every 2 years once they reach 5 years old, until they are 10 years old. Then after that they will need yearly cleaning to maintain good health.
Medium dogs will need to have their teeth checked and treated about every 2 years after they reach the age of 8
Large dogs may never need to have their teeth cleaned professionally
Your pets health and well-being will depend on its ability to chew and digest its food – it pays to have your animals’ teeth checked at least once a year by your veterinarian
Contact us today to schedule in your pet for a check-up