Brushing up on pet dental care

(NC)-With 70 per cent of cats and 80 per cent of dogs over age three requiring dental care during their lifetime, and February being National Pet Dental Health Month (NPDHM), now is the time to make pet dental health a priority. Poor oral health is a leading issue among Canadian pets that can lead to further health complications. This February, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, in partnership with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), is encouraging pet owners across the country to look into their pet’s mouth to become familiar with the signs of dental disease.

Something to chew on

Periodontal disease that occurs in dogs and cats may lead to damage that becomes irreversible. Factors contributing to oral disease include poor overall hygiene, the pet’s breed and the pet’s age. Signs of periodontal disease include the following:

  • Bad breath
  • Excessive salivation
  • Tooth loss
  • Pain when eating
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pawing at the mouth

Our teeth, and our pet’s teeth, offer more than just a pretty smile. In fact, poor oral care can become the gateway to a wealth of additional health problems. Failing to take proper care of a cat or d’s teeth can cause gingivitis, which can lead to periodontitis a serious infection of the supporting structures. To help reduce the onset of oral disease, pet owners must commit to providing consistent and thorough oral care for their four-legged friends through annual visits to the veterinarian and continued oral care at home.

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