Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of dental disease include: Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth, red, swollen, or bleeding gums, bad breath, excessive drooling, changes in eating or chewing habits.

Even if your dog or cat doesn't have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet's dental health at least once a year.