Periodontal problems like gingivitis are me the most common disease at vet clinics — about 80% to 85% of adult dogs have it, mostly the small races ones. The evolution of symptoms can cause more dangerous problems. “Periodontal diseases can damage the pet capacity of eating and cause anorexia as a consequence”, says vet Barbara Benitez, scientific coordinator at Total Alimentos and vet at Equilíbrio Clinic. According to this specialist, owners muts pay attention to any symptom and can help giving specific foods for oral health “Some snacks have sodium hexamefosfato that avoids the mineralization of bacterial plaque into calculus. Besides that, the odontological market has the innovation of addition of propolis in these snacks, a natural agent that helps control the bacteria and avoids dogs bad breath (halitosis)”, explains Barbara.
Foods must stimulate chewing
The food texture, the consistency and form of meal are important to dog’s oral health, besides the nutricional content. The vet Barbara says that food must make a friction at pet’s teeth to clean its surface. “Some people wonder the form of food and even think that food are too hard, but some qualities of these foods stimulates chewing and cleasing the teeth”, she says.
Know the symptoms and prevent your dog:
Halitosis: is bad breath, bad odour in pet’s mouth. Can be caused mostly by bad oral hygien and bacterian plaque.
Dysphagia: is the difficulty to deglute, the pet makes a great effort to swallow or can’t do it.
Pitialism: is excess of slavering.
What is anorexia?
Anorexia is the loss or or lack of hunger. This clinic sign can happen for many reasons, as because of periodontal diseases. “If the dog has gingivitis, for example, he will feel pain when taking, chewing or swallowing — and will not eat the meal,” explains vet Barbara.
She recommends that owners pay attention to pet’s behaviour. “Some problems are not very noticeable, you need to see if pet is eating as always and pay attention to any behaviour food change”.