Think you know your dog?  Think again

Did you know that 75% of dogs and cats have periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years old?

Most dental disease in dogs and cats occur below the gum line where you can’t see it.  Bacteria that it is unseen can really do damage to the tissues connecting the teeth to the jaw.  It is really important to have your pets get a check up with your vet, at least once a year.

 Dogs and cats do not normally show any pain and this is simply because of their instinctual behavior, their survival mechanism of their ancient ancestors.

So, it is up to the animals’ owners to look for signs that can alert you to their possible dental disease.

The most common issue is “doggy breath” or really bad breath, is a sign caused by metabolic bacteria in the mouth.   Other clear signs are chewing on one side of the mouth and dropping food, even running away from their food dish. Should you notice bleeding in the mouth, this is usually periodontal disease and can also be the cause of fractured teeth. If periodontal disease is severe enough, you may notice bleeding from the nose or a bloody discharge when your pet sneezes.

The most important thing you can do to keep your pet’s teeth and gums in excellent health is to brush their teeth, at least 4 or 5 times per week.  In addition to brushing their teeth, look for a raw diet or even ground raw diets, this helps to control tarter.  Raw ground bone is great for removing debris stuck on teeth.

Raw bones for dogs and cats plays an important role in removing plaque and tarter from teeth.  In addition to toys and food products available, raw bones are the best option.

So, to recap, let’s start by daily brushing, in mouth inspections where you can feel for loose teeth and unusual lumps or bumps on or under the tongue.  Be sure to smell their breath and don’t miss your regular vet checkups!

 To their health!


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