There are 3 major things to look for in your pet’s mouth: Plaque Tartar Periodontal Disease Plaque Plaque is the first of the 3 issues to show up in your pet’s mouth. Just as in humans, if not regularly treated, food and bacteria build up at the gumline and this is the “yellow” build up you may see on a visual check of your pet’s mouth. Remember to look at the teeth in the back of the mouth (molars).
Ear disease is one of the most common conditions in pets. The medical name for inflammation of the outer ear canal is ‘otitis externa.’ It is estimated that up to 20% of the dog population is affected by this disease and one study found that from 2% to 6.6% of cats admitted to hospitals were presented because of otitis externa. Dogs and cats can have ear problems for many different reasons.
Fleas are insects and belong to the order Siphonaptera which means “wingless siphon.” There are over 2,000 species of fleas around the world. Fleas are important because of their direct effects on animals (and people) and because of the diseases they can transmit. Flea Anatomy Their body is divided into three parts: the head, thorax, and abdomen.