February is Pet Dental Health Month

Our former foster Kiwi has a bright, healthy smile!

We all know how important dental health is for people, but did you ever think of how it can impact your pet? The statistics are pretty crazy:

– Periodontal disease is the most often diagnosed ailment in domestic pets. The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three.

– Poor dental care can easily lead to more serious health problems including heart, lung and kidney disease.

– A recent American Animal Hospital Association study showed that approximately two-thirds of pet owners do not provide the dental care that is recommended as essential by veterinarians.

– Many pet owners believe that feeding a dry kibble is sufficient for keeping their pet’s teeth healthy, but this is unfortunately not the case. Even if your dog or cat doesn’t swallow kibble whole like our crew does, the amount of cleaning action is practically non-existent from kibble alone. Think about how well eating a handful of pretzels would work as a substitute for brushing your teeth. Yummy, but ineffective.

Just remember – it’s never too late to make a change to improve your pet’s overall health, and dental care is a great step in that direction! For the rest of this month, we’ll be posting reviews of some of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) products for great dental health, so stay tuned!

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