Did you know more than 80% of pets over 3 years old have periodontal disease (gum disease)? That’s why it’s so important to take care of your pet’s oral health. If you have a regular dental/oral regimen for your pet, good for you, it’s one of the most important ways to keep your pet happy and healthy. If not, it’s time to start.
February is National Pet Dental Month, which reminds us that our pet’s oral health is just an important as our own. Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria in your pet’s mouth hardens on your pet’s teeth and becomes a layer of plaque. Periodontal disease can affect both dogs and cats and it includes symptoms such as:
- Painful mouth
- Loose teeth
- Chewing on one side of the mouth
- Receding gums
- Sneezing, nasal discharge
- Bleeding or red gums
- Tooth loss
The worst part, periodontal disease not only affects your pet’s teeth, it can also affect different organs in your pet’s body. Chronic periodontal disease can cause infections of the liver, heart and kidneys. As a pet parent, you definitely want to prevent that!
Therefore, brushing your pet’s teeth is a must! Brushing bacteria from food and other debris away from your pet’s teeth reduces your pet’s risk of getting periodontal disease. When brushing your pet’s teeth make sure to only use toothpaste made for pets. Never use human toothpaste on your pet. Some pets may need to work up to a regular toothbrush, until he or she is comfortable with one. In the meantime try using a finger toothbrush, which fits on the end of your finger and is less invasive.
Also, consider adding a water additive to your pet’s water bowl. The solution helps kill plaque and bacteria every time your pet takes a drink. Although water additives and brushing your pet’s teeth are two great ways to reduce the risk of periodontal disease, check out the Dental Care Guidelines for more easy ways to take care of your pet’s teeth.
As pet owners ourselves we know how important your pet’s dental health is; that’s why we’re giving away 10 dental health kits filled with easy-to-use dental products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental wipes, treats and more!
To enter, visit the Pet Dental Month Sweepstakes on our Facebook page for your chance to win!