Gingivitis in Dogs and Cats

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums and it is reversible with proper care. Treatment of gingivitis at Kedron Veterinary Clinic typically involves a professional clean to prevent the condition from worsening to advanced periodontal disease. There are some methods you can use at home to protect your dog or cat from gingivitis. Make sure your pet receives regular general health checks.

The Causes of Gingivitis

When animals eat, small amounts of bacteria can stay on the teeth and turn into plaque and tartar. Tartar looks like brown spots or dark areas on the teeth and can lead to serious dental issues if left untreated, such as gingivitis or gum disease.

Gingivitis in cats can show symptoms such as:

  • Loss of appetite and weight
  • Difficulty swallowing dry food
  • Resistance to touch
  • Bad breath
  • Behavioural changes such as depression

Gingivitis symptoms in dogs include:

  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding, redness and swelling
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitivity to touch

The Treatment of Gingivitis

Dog teeth cleaning and cat teeth cleaning are important parts of general healthcare and grooming in domestic animals. Speak to your Brisbane veterinary clinic to find specially designed toothbrushes and toothpastes that won’t upset your pet’s stomach or cause damage to the teeth. Both dogs and cats can benefit from dental chew toys and treats that work well in removing plaque.

If your pet has symptoms of gingivitis, Kedron Veterinary Clinic recommends a professional cleaning and scaling of the affected teeth. This procedure removes calculus deposits and polishes the teeth to make them less susceptible to bacteria in the future. In the case of gum infection, your vet will recommend an antibiotic treatment to reduce the inflammation and fight the infection.

If your dog or cat shows signs of a later stage of gum and tooth disease, they will need surgery or tooth removal. All of this can be performed by our pet dentist to ensure your animal’s mouth is returned to full health.

Make an Appointment with Kedron Veterinary Clinic

Speak to the Brisbane vet who cares about your pet. If you believe your pet is showing signs of gingivitis, don’t hesitate to make an appointment for treatment with our dog dentist. Call (07) 3857 1785 or contact us online.