February is Pet Dental Health Month!
Did you know that dental disease affects 91% of dogs over the age of three? When a dog jumps into your lap to give you some sloppy kisses or a cat snuggles up with you on the couch, bad breath can sour these sweet gestures. Not only does bad breath put a barrier between pets and pet owners, but bad breath is also one of the first signs of periodontal disease.
Halitosis is the medical term for the bad breath pet parents' experiences. It is a combination of bacteria, unhealthy tissues and decomposing food particles. This is the environment that hosts periodontal disease. Other warning signs to watch out for are redness in the gums around the toothline, bleeding of the gums, and sensitivity around the mouth, struggle to eat or keep food in their mouth and of course the development of plaque and tartar buildup.
Very few dog owners brush their dogs' teeth weekly, or even monthly, even though the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends brushing dog's teeth every day. Just like pet parents, pets need oral care too! The solution to this issue is simple: in addition to regular brushing, there is a wide selection of products available to help keep pets' teeth clean and breath fresh.
Dental chews promote healthier gums and teeth, but in a more fun, delicious and highly digestible way for dogs. Giving a dog one chew a day can help clean dogs teeth by using their natural chewing action to wipe away plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of teeth. Highly soluble ingredients in dental chews break down quickly for easy digestion while maintain a highly palatable flavor!
Water additives and teeth gels and foams provide a brushless avenue to fresh breath for pets. These products are available for cats and dogs, and are a super simple way to keep pets oral care the best it can be.
Dental disease can be dangerous for pets if left untreated.