Your pet's dental health is an important part of his overall health. Dental disease is one of the most frequently diagnosed health problems in rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas, and can also be a serious issue in other exotic pets.
Common signs of oral disease include:
- Facial swelling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Eye discharge
- Tartar buildup
- Red and swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Pawing at the face
- Generalized depression
Dental disease causes pain and can affect other organs in the body. Bacteria in the mouth may get into the blood stream causing serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and heart valve disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in a pet’s body. A thorough physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if this is the case.
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult pets. A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. This is recommended because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, can lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This can result in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss. Our wellness program emphasizes and explains how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.