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Don’t turn your nose up at Fluffy’s bad breath! Foul mouth odor is usually your first sign that your pet needs a dental check up! Poor dental health for your pet can lead to a myriad of other health issues, aside from also being generally uncomfortable. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. Since we have domesticated the dog, their diet depends largely on us, and consequently, so does their dental hygiene. Daily care, as well as annual dental cleanings by a professional are just one way you can help Fluffy lead a healthier, longer life.
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Dental disease is an infection of the teeth, gums, and surrounding structures and is by far the most common major health problem of cats and dogs. It starts with a build up of plaque. Plaque eventually turns to tarter and quickly forms small pockets where an animal’s gums meet its teeth. The gums separate from the tooth and this allows more bacteria and food to accumulate. This build up leads to periodontal disease, which can allow bacteria into the bloodstream leading to more serious health issues including heart, lung, and kidney disease if left untreated.
Lethargy, inactivity or depression
Gums may be red, swollen, or bleeding
Decreased appetite or weight loss
Dropping food while eating
Discharge from the eyes or nose
Pawing at the face
Teeth becoming loose or falling out
In the wild, dogs would eat wild animals, birds, small game etc. Chewing through muscle and sinew essentially flossed for them, and there are enzymes in raw marrow that help break down biofilm in the dogs mouth. The plaque is also gently scrapped from the teeth when they chew. Since we control the domesticated dogs diet, we also control their dental health. People often ask how often to brush their pets teeth. The answer is every day, as often as we brush ours. The key to managing dental disease is prevention. The American Animal Hospital Association Dental Care Guidelines recommends regular oral examination and dental cleanings starting at age 1. Daily toothbrushing is the best way to slow (and possibly prevent) dental problems.
IMPORTANT NOTE! Never brush your pet's teeth with your human toothpaste. It contains Xylitol which is a sweetner- but it is deadly for dogs. Xylitol is also found in chewing gum, some peanut butters, mouthwash and more. Please check labels for products you have. Buy a toothpaste specially formulated for your pets.
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Next time your fur baby gives you a kiss and their breath is a bit off, it’s a good time to take them in for a dental check up! The smell is a sign of build up on the teeth, and should be a simple matter of scaling the teeth by a professional. After that, daily or routine brushings are recommended to keep up oral health. A healthy mouth wards off infection into the bloodstream and prevents other, more serious health issues. Check the link below to watch a video on how to clean your pets teeth regularly at home!