Did you know that February is Pet Dental Month and according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs show oral disease by age 3? Unfortunately, this easily-preventable ailment is the most common health problem treated in small animal health clinics today.
If your pet suffers from bad breath, it may not be simple doggy breath. In fact, it may signal periodontal disease and severe plaque buildup, which will cause many problems down the road. However, preventing periodontal disease can result in longer and generally healthier lives for pets.
Too often, dental care is ignored by pet owners. One survey notes that just 1 out of 10 owners makes sure their pet's teeth are cared for. Although dogs and cats rarely get cavities, the plaque and tartar that do form can cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. This can then lead to tooth decay, bleeding gums and tooth loss. The bacteria causing these symptoms can travel through the bloodstream and eventually damage the major organs.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Proper pet dental care begins with a trip to the veterinarian for a dental exam, which should be done once a year. If you see plaque or tartar buildup, a cleaning may be necessary.
Afterwards, it is important to begin a home dental program. Starting at an early age is best so your pet becomes used to the brushing action. Training your pet to become a dental care champion requires time and patience but can be accomplished!
We sell a variety of products to help you be a proactive and responsible pet owner! One of our favorites is the Orapup Starter Kit. Orapup removes the bad breath that is caused from bacteria that's on your dog’s tongue. The kit comes with Lickies, which has all-natural enzymes and anti-plaque benefits to help establish your dog’s natural oral health. To your dog, Orapup is more like a treat than a chore!
MINTY GOOD DEALS
- All dental products are 15% off at Dogaholics Boutique!
- Add a teeth brushing service for only $6 at Dogaholics Service Center!
Good until February 28, 2015