Lift the Lip: How to tell if my pet needs dental care
Periodontal disease is not just a cosmetic issue. Bacteria from the mouth can travel in the bloodstream to the heart, liver, kidneys, or elsewhere in the body and cause disease just as it can in humans. Having a healthy mouth is one of the most important ways to keep your pet healthy. Periodontal disease is also incredibly painful for the pet. Just because a pet is still eating does not mean it is not in pain. The signs of pain are extremely subtle and would not be noticed. Furthermore, pets continue to eat because they are hungry and they have to but this does not mean they are not in pain.