The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats will have some kind of oral disease by the age of three. You can prevent problems by simply going to the vet, who is also your pet’s dentist, and committing to healthy teeth and gums for your pets.
Malnutrition can affect your pet’s teeth and gums. Getting the proper food is integral to overall wellness and can help with oral health. Brushing your pet’s teeth also helps by removing food debris, tartar and plaque. Only use pet safe toothpaste that has enzymes to control plaque. Human toothpastes may have higher levels of fluoride, as well as salts, detergents and baking soda that can harm your dog's teeth.
Your pet’s dental health is more important than you may realize. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping your pet’s teeth clean may add up to five years to your pet’s life according to the AVMA.
Be on the lookout for possible signs of dental disease:
•Red, swollen, and/or bleeding gums
•Avoiding certain foods or treats
•Showing discomfort when chewing food
Throughout the month of February, Vernon Veterinary Clinic is offering 20% off all dental procedures. Call and schedule an appointment today.