Feb 01 2013

5 Tips for Healthy Teeth and Gums in Your Pet

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month — so let’s talk about keeping your pet’s teeth healthy!

This month, the entire veterinary industry is focused on helping you take care of your pet’s teeth.
Why is this so important? These 3 important facts may open your eyes about pet dental disease… and help you prevent it in your own beloved best friend.

  1. Over 68% of all dogs and cats over 3 years of age have some form of periodontal or dental disease.
  2. The trick is — your pet may not show obvious symptoms related to dental disease until it becomes a painful, infectious condition that can seriously harm your pet.
  3. Without dental care, tartar and calculus often accumulate on a pet’s teeth, followed by infection that can spread deep into the tooth socket, destroying the bone and causing the tooth to loosen and fall out.

But even worse — infectious oral bacteria can be absorbed into the blood stream and carried to other organs… causing deadly infections in the heart valves, kidneys and/or liver.

Yikes! How can I prevent this from happening?

These 5 easy tips can go a long way toward preventing dental disease in your dog or cat.

  • Brush your pet’s teeth every day with toothpaste specifically designed for pets, along with pet-friendly toothbrushes and other teeth-cleaning tools.
  • Ask your veterinarian about using a special tartar-control diet.
  • Choose healthy dental treats as rewards and special snacks. (Not sure which dental treats are truly healthy? Check with your veterinarian.)
  • Find chew toys that promote dental health by helping to reduce or delay tartar build-up.
  • Most importantly, ask your veterinarian about an annual dental cleaning and exam for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!

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