Dental disease is very common in dogs and cats. In fact, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of gum disease by the age of three, says Dr. Sheldon Rubin, speaking for the American Veterinary Medical Association. Getting your pet into the habit of having its teeth brushed regularly is a good idea to help prevent tooth loss and infection that could spread to your pet’s internal organs.
You may also want to choose food and treats that are good for your pets’ teeth. As your pet eats some dry kibbles and hard treats, the friction from chewing helps to fight plaque and tartar buildup, freshen breath and help maintain healthier teeth and gums.
Greenies dental dog treats are low in fat and come in three sizes: teenie, regular and large. Greenies also makes dental treats for cats in salmon, oven-roasted chicken, catnip, tuna, ocean fish and succulent beef flavors. The company also makes flavor combo dental treats: Feline Flavor Fusion Savory Salmon & Oven Roasted Chicken and Feline Flavor Fusion Ocean Fish & Tempting Tuna.
The AVMA recommends that you have your pet’s teeth checked by the vet at least once a year. You should bring your pet in for a checkup as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
- bad breath
- broken or loose teeth
- extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- pain in or around the mouth
- bleeding from the mouth
- swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth