DID YOU KNOW?
- Approximately 80% of pets have some form of dental disease by the age of 2.
- Periodontal disease is one of the most common health problems found in pets
- Periodontal disease is 5 times more common in pets than people
- Smaller breeds have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease due to crowding of teeth
Did you know that dental disease is related to:
- Chronic pain
- Infection and inflammation which can damage heart valves and causes secondary heart disease
- Chronic Rhinitis- infection of the nasal cavity with sneezing and discharge
- Chronic draining wounds on the face or lower jaw from tooth root abcesses
- Room clearing Halitosis (bad breath)
I think my pet has dental disease. What can I do?
- Book an appointment to discuss your pet’s dental health with your Veterinarian or Registered Veterinary Technician. They are the experts in your pet’s dental care and can steer you in the correct direction.
- Brush their teeth. Here is a great video by DVM360 on how to brush your dog’s teeth https://youtu.be/nbi2Fsj95Ik
- Feed your pet a specific Dental diet such as Royal Canin Dental, Hills T/d, or Purina DH Dental Health which are proven to decrease tartar and plaque and decrease the incidence of dental disease.
- Give your pets daily dental chews such as CET Chews, Greenies or Medi-Chews
PREVENTION — PREVENTION — PREVENTION
Dental disease is irreversible. We do not want you or your dog to have to go through that diagnosis. Do not wait. Get your dog on a good dental care program that includes:
- Regular visits to your veterinarian, which include an oral exam
- Veterinary dental cleaning as advised
- Daily oral care
You and your dog will be glad you did!