Unlike most humans, your pup may not care about the appearance of his teeth, but dental health is still a very important issue for your pet. Dental disease can have serious effects on the quality and length of their life. The following are five facts about your pet’s dental health you may not know yet.
- Dental Disease is VERY Common– The American Veterinary Medical Association states that around 80 percent of dogs are affected by some form of oral disease. Even more shocking is that those 80 percent of dogs often have some form of dental disease by age three. That alone is enough to get serious about your pet’s dental health.
- Your Pup Needs a Toothbrush Too – The key to a healthy pup is prevention, prevention, prevention! The best prevention for dental disease is so simple, yet only a mere one percent of people are brushing their pet’s teeth. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush can make a huge difference in the build-up of tartar and plaque.
- Nutrition Matters – Malnutrition is the cause of many health issues, including dental health. Work with your veterinarian to ensure your pet is getting a healthy, well-balanced diet. The Barking Lot can also help with a wide selection of the highest quality pet foods you are sure to find the perfect choice for your pup. Keep a lookout for foods that meet the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal of approval. Products displaying the seal have met standards that declare them effective in slowing the development of plaque and tartar.
- Annual Dentist Visits – Just like you, your pup needs bi-annual or annual professional teeth cleaning. This will also ensure that if issues arise, they will be caught sooner. Studies have suggested that maintaining your pet’s dental health can add several years to their lives.
- Common Signs – The most common signs of dental disease are bad breath, drooling or dribbling, yellow/brown tartar build-up on teeth, sore gums, pawing at the mouth, struggling to eat, and bleeding from the mouth. If you believe your pup may be showing signs of dental disease, make an appointment with your veterinarian today.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month, but your pup’s dental health is important to be aware of every month. The Barking Lot offers a wide variety of grooming services, including teeth brushing. To learn more about how The Barking Lot can help keep your pet healthy and happy, click here.