National Pet Dental Health Month was created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to highlight how important oral health is to overall health, happiness, and the well being of your beloved pet. The AVMA reports that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some kind of oral disease by the age of three.
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Dental problems don’t just affect the mouth – dental disease can have adverse effects on the heart, kidneys, and other organs. By performing routine cleanings before significant problems arise, we help our pets stay healthier longer. National Pet Dental Health Month is the perfect time to call your veterinarian and schedule a dental check up for your furry family members.
It can be tricky to brush your pets teeth, especially if you rescued your pet and they did not get exposed to it at an early age. It’s estimated that only about 1-2% of pet owners brush their pet’s teeth on daily despite recommendations from veterinarians. Supplemental dental chews, toys, and liquids can be effective in fighting plaque and controlling tartar. Check out some options below!