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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Does Your Pet Have Gingivitis?

                            Photo courtesy of Cat Time.com

Many of us know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month, but how many of you knew that  according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), some eighty percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some oral disease by the age of three? Wow!

You know, the health of one's mouth is so crucial to overall health that both humans and pets are living longer because of access to regular oral health care. In fact, this article in Cat Time.com says that maintaining your pet's oral health can add up to five years to your furry friend's life.

But with all the other daily activities we try to cram into our day, do we really have time to brush our dog and cat's teeth? Yes we can! Although Parental Unit does not brush my teeth everyday, she does brush them at least once a week, and she's trying to up that number (much to my dismay). And as a reward for allowing the gently humming electric toothbrush in my mouth, I also get frequent dental chews that I love, and that seem to remove a good bit of the tartar.

We'll have more on pet dental health throughout the merry month of February, so stay tuned! We'd also like to include some of your ideas in our upcoming posts on pet oral health, so please add your suggestions, success or failure stories to the comment section of this post, and we'll include at least some of your ideas, along with your blog link, in our future dental health posts throughout February. Thanks in advance for your contributions!


Unknown said...

I only have wet food in the morning and then dry at night so as to keep my nashers clean and healthy. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Two French Bulldogs said...

I better not have that

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