Thursday, February 2, 2012
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ADD TO YOUR DOG'S ROUTINE
Dr. Jon from PetPlace, the number one most common disease in dogs is periodontal disease. Since February is Pet Dental Health Month, we’ve provided some simple tips to help you care for your dogs pearly whites.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, “more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop periodontal disease by age 3.” Signs of gum disease are brown and yellow tarter build-up, red or inflamed gums, and stinky breath. Regular dental exams with your veterinarian are vital for maintaining proper dental health. In addition, it is important to invest in your own canine dental regime.
Introduce your pet to the taste of toothpaste by allowing them to lick it off your finger. Pets have their own specially formulated toothpaste since human toothpaste can upset their stomachs. When your dog accepts the toothpaste, put it on a small toothbrush or piece of gauze and scrub gently on each side of their mouth for 30 seconds. This should become a daily habit. If your pet resists your efforts, don’t despair. Other options include anti-plaque water additives, oral hygiene gels and dental chew toys that all help to prevent plaque build-up. Morris Animal Inn has a full supply of dental products for your pet so stop by to stock up.
START TODAY, DON'T DELAY
A dog with pearly whites is a healthy dog indeed. Before your pet’s dental health deteriorates, commit to a plan that will keep everyone smiling.
Check out this informative video from the American Veterinary Medical Association for more information about pet dental health.