FUN FACT: dogs have 42 teeth and cats have 30. Did you know that dental disease is the third most common disease in dogs and cats? 70% of cats and 80% of dogs will have some degree of periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years old! The bacteria in the tartar on dogs’ and cats’ teeth can get into their bloodstream and cause disease, even failure, of their heart, kidneys, and liver.
Help keep your pet healthy. Consider brushing your pet’s teeth. It can be done (on most pets…). We will be glad to help you learn how. There are effective dental chews and water additives available. Your vet will examine your pet’s mouth as part of their yearly or biannual exam and let you know if he/she needs a veterinary dental cleaning.
There are good videos on YouTube:
Positive reinforcement tooth brushing video
How to brush your dog’s teeth / vet vid
Please call our hospital with any questions: 704-732-0728.