Dental disease is the single greatest health issue facing most pets. In addition to causing your pet discomfort, and often extreme pain, dental disease causes permanent damage to your pet’s teeth and gums and can lead to heart, liver or kidney disease. It may also cause your pet to die younger. You read that right: research indicates shown that on average, pets in good dental health live as much as two years longer as pets who don’t receive regular dental care.
And yet dental care is often neglected by pet owners: 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have significant dental disease by the age of three.
Here’s a typical before and after canine dental cleaning from here at our hospital:
This is not an unusual image. It’s what routinely happens in both dogs and cats when you don’t clean or brush, or get professional dental care above and below the gum line. It’s gross, it’s painful, and it leads to other health problems.
What can you do for your pet?
It’s Dental Month here at Blue Cross Animal Hospital, and we want you to improve the quality of your pet’s dental care. Here’s what you can do:
Bring your pet in for a dental exam to assess the current state of their oral health.
Book and complete a dental procedure for your pet by March 31st, and go home with one of our dog or cat Dental Care Packs.
Learn to brush your pet’s teeth. We can show you how in your Dental Exam, you can see instructions here at www.petdental.ca, or you can watch this video showing you how to brush your dog’s teeth:
Ask us about t/d Dental Health diet, and HealthyMouth, an all natural water additive for preventive oral care. Learn more here.