Brush Up on Your Dog’s Dental Health
Phew, what’s that smell? If you turn your head every time your pup yawns in the vicinity of your nose, your four-legged friend may have a bigger problem than doggie-halitosis. That pungent odor can signify a serious health issue with the potential to damage your dog’s teeth, gums, and even her internal organs. Sounds pretty serious, right? It is! That’s why the American Veterinary Medical Association and several veterinary groups have teamed up to sponsor National Pet Dental Health Month in February.
According to the AVMA, eight out of ten dogs show signs of oral disease by the time they’re just three years old. Regularly brushing your dog’s teeth, feeding her a healthy diet, and providing her with plenty of chew toys can go a long way towards maintaining your pup’s dental health. Your veterinarian can advise you on an at-home dental health routine to ensure you’re doing your part to keep your dog happy, healthy, and fresh breathed.
The following infographic from VPI Pet Insurance does a great job of demonstrating the importance of maintaining your pup’s pearly whites. Take a peek at the stats, warning signs, and tips below.