If left untreated, periodontal disease in a pet’s mouth will continue to become more severe and cause extensive damage.
The veterinarian at the Department of Animal Services noticed significant periodontal disease and very bad breath in Rusty, a 10 year old Beagle at the shelter. Without treatment, Rusty would likely not have been adoptable, so they arranged treatment at Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery.
Once Rusty was under anesthesia, using a periodontal probe, severe periodontal disease with gingival recession was confirmed of many teeth. Three lower incisor teeth had fractures. Several other incisor teeth were loose. Dental X-rays confirmed the diseased teeth had significant bone loss and some even had abscesses.
Because of the extent of disease, Rusty needed A LOT of extractions. 22 teeth were removed, therefore removing the active infection within his mouth. Some of the less diseased teeth were saved by performed deep scaling.
Now Rusty has fresh breath! The extraction sites healed over the next two weeks, and Rusty is much happier and ready for his forever home!