Dogs with an overgrowth of bacteria in their mouth are at risk of developing gum disease. Bacteria bind with food particles to create plaque. This sticky substance coats your dog's teeth at the gum line and causes their white blood cells to try and defend their gums from the plaque. The increased number of white blood cells in your dog's gums can cause the bacteria to release enzymes in an effort to protect themselves.
You're probably already aware that chocolate isn't a healthy food to give your pets, but did you know it's poisonous to cats? Ingesting even a small amount of the chemical compound theobromine, which is found in chocolate, can damage your cat's nervous system, cause their heart to fail or cost them their life. Here's an overview of the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for this type of poisoning:
Common symptoms of chocolate poisoning to look out for include the following:
You may not think much of the condition of your pet's teeth, but their oral health is very important for their overall physical health. If their teeth are weakened or they're having problems with their gums, they may not eat properly and, in turn, get sick or have a weakened immune system. If you're a responsible pet owner, you also don't want to have a pet who is in pain because of their teeth being neglected!