Periodontal disease is the number one health problem in small animal patients. By two years of age, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease. However, there are generally little to no outward clinical signs of the disease process, and therefore, therapy typically comes very late in the disease. Consequently, periodontal disease may also the most undertreated disease in our patients. Additionally, unchecked periodontal disease has numerous local as well as systemic consequences. Local consequences include: oronasal fistulas, class II perio-endo lesions, pathologic fractures, ocular problems, osteomyelitis, and increased incidence of oral cancer. Systemic diseases which have been linked to periodontal disease include: renal, hepatic, pulmonary, and cardiac diseases; osteoporosis, adverse pregnancy effects, and diabetes mellitus. Finally, periodontal disease leads to early death.
Shelties as a breed have awful teeth. They need frequent Xrays and Vet dental cleanings. Please watch the video below for an eye opening education on your Shelties teeth. Every Sheltie that comes into our program gets a prefessional dental cleaning!!
This video is long (13 minutes) but very educational. If you own a Sheltie, you need to be aware of everything in this video. Please take the time to watch all of it.
This page is brought you in honor of "Heather" who lost her life because her owners did not give her Dental Care.
If you skipped the video, here is what you need to know......
1) Your Sheltie needs a professional dental cleaning yearly. 2) You need to include dental Xrays as part of your yearly checkup!