Should you brush your dog’s teeth?

Four out of every five dogs and cats over the age of three years have some sort of dental disease which becomes more severe with age. Untreated dental problems can lead to more serious problems such as illnesses related to the heart, liver and kidney.

Dogs are pack animals and showing weakness is not part of their nature. They need to eat to survive so won’t go off their food until the pain is unbearable.

Pets can’t brush their teeth, but just like people, dogs and cats are at risk for dental problems that can cause pain and serious health issues. Your pet is counting on you for dental care to stay healthy and happy.

Causes of periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is caused by an accumulation of plaque. Plaque is a colourless film that contains large amounts of potentially harmful bacteria. If left unchecked, built-up plaque can create infection, destroying your pet’s gums and the tissue and bone that support the teeth. Preventive oral care can reduce plaque and help maintain proper oral health.

Signs of periodontal disease

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow-brown crust on teeth
  • Red or bleeding gums
  • Change in chewing or eating habits
  • Tooth loss
  • Change in behaviour
  • Abnormal drooling

Visit one of our staff at The Happy Pet Place today for advice and tips on keeping your pets teeth problem-free.

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