brush and smileHow often do you brush your pet’s teeth?
We just posted a poll on Facebook asking this question, and giving the following options for answers:
1. Daily
2. Once a week
3. I bought the special pet toothpaste. Does that count?
We have a feeling we know which answer will be chosen the most.
When you consider that by age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats already have some degree of dental disease have some signs of periodontal disease, it’s clear that most of us aren’t brushing our animals’ teeth regularly.
We know that it’s not convenient or fun to brush any animal’s teeth, but yet another medical study has shown the link between clean teeth and a healthy heart. In the race to look over homework, get the dishes done and mow the lawn before the neighbors complain, brushing Filbert’s teeth may fall somewhere between dusting the living room and cleaning out the crisper drawer in the refrigerator. It’s probably not a priority at the end of the day.
Yet we’re learning that it should be. Did you know that pets who rarely or never have their teeth brushed are more likely to have heart disease, a heart attack, or cardiac arrhythmia? Neglecting to brush Felix’s teeth can lead to premature death for your pet.
To book an appointment for your pet’s teeth cleaning or to learn more about improving your pet’s dental and overall health, call us today. We want not only want to see clean smiles on Filbert and Felix, but we want to see them healthy all over!
PS Don’t miss our post on Eight Signs of Dental Disease in Your Pet.