Did you know that by the age of 3, 80% of dogs have evidence of dental disease? More importantly, good oral health has been shown to increase your pet's life expectancy by 2 years! Dental disease is painful and can cause other problems as well. With dental disease, there is more bacteria in the mouth, and that bacteria can spread into the blood to the kidneys and heart. In fact, that bacteria can actually set up infections on the heart valves, a disease called endocarditis. The best way to prevent dental disease and support your pet's overall health is to have your pet's mouth checked out by a Veterinarian. This is especially true for cats, since they really hide it well when they're sick. One of our Vets would be happy to see your pet and help make recommendations based on YOUR pet's needs. Please call us for an appointment today.
In the meantime, check out the website www.vohc.org (Veterinary Oral Health Council). Look at the list of VOCH Approved Products. These are oral health products that are heavily researched and proven to be safe and effective and preventing dental disease. The list contains everything from special diets, chews, rinses and water additives. Take a look and see if there's anything there your pet would enjoy!