May 26, 2024

As with humans, oral hygiene is of great importance for animals in general. Dogs and cats stand out in particular. They are the most exposed. It is important to identify the various oral diseases that can affect them in order to take the necessary precautions. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the information related to the main oral diseases that can affect dogs and cats.

The periodontitis


This oral disease often occurs in dogs and cats. It is one of the most common oral diseases in animals. It is usually responsible for the loss of teeth in animals. It causes inflammation of the tissues around the tooth that support it.

An accumulation of tartar occurs, coupled with a proliferation of bacteria in the teeth. To limit the damage, taking care of your pet and contacting a professional is advisable. They will take care of limiting the damage that this oral infection can cause or even curb it. The inflammations that periodontitis can cause are as follows:

    • Redness
    • Swelling of the gums
    • Formation of pockets between teeth and gums
    • Abscesses
    • Infection of the gum with pus.

Dental infections and abscesses

Generally, these diseases result from periodontitis. However, they can also occur directly. These are particularly painful conditions that can lead to bleeding. Also, an untreated tooth fracture could cause an abscess, as the tooth root is affected. This is why dentistry is so important for animals.

Dental fractures and trauma

Dental fractures are the second most common problem for dogs. Very often, dogs are exposed to them after periodontitis. This is due to the fact that dogs eat a little bit of everything. It is obvious that among the elements that can cause a dental fracture in a dog, meat bones come first. Deer antlers are a close second.

Vaccinating animals is extremely necessary; however, controlling the food that is eaten is also very important. Dental injuries can occur when your dog is fond of tennis balls or rocks. Teeth wear out over time after long rubbing against these two elements.

The oral tumor

Tumors do not only occur in humans. They can also occur in animals and moreover, in their mouths. Some of them are malignant, like melanoma. Most of the time, they settle in the oral cavity of the dog and are benign.

As they grow, they can cause discomfort and invade the dental tissue. Your dog will need to be cared for in order to avoid any disease. These can cause severe pain and death.

Tooth resorption

Typical of cats, this oral disease affects a good portion of cats, about a third of their number. That said, it is important to keep a close eye on it by consulting a veterinarian regularly. You can also opt for some natural remedies to solve your pets’ ailments.

More clearly, tooth resorption is a cavity. It grows and destroys the tooth in the long run. The feline cavity that is tooth resorption is difficult to distinguish. It is the same color as the tooth and is located at the junction between the tooth and the gum. Barely visible, they are covered and hidden by a plaque that looks like excess gum. Very often, the premolars are the most affected.

Ulcerative stomatitis


Again, this is a typical dental disease of the cat. It is a much more severe lesion than gingivitis. It results in an inflammation of the entire oral mucosa followed by ulceration. This type of lesion is extremely painful for cats.

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