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Pet Dental Disease

…By this time your pet has advanced dental disease. Advanced dental disease is not just a cosmetic issue—it can have effects on many internal organs. There is scientific evidence that bad teeth can create bad hearts, lungs, and even kidneys. Poor dental care can actually shorten a pet’s life. The speed with which dental progresses depends on breed of dog or cat and diet. Smaller breeds seem to have more dental problems earlier in life than larger…

Pet Dental Care - A Guide to Pet Oral Health

…or Bandit’s mouth. You know that your fur-suited kid needs a vet. Perhaps you’ve known this for an embarrassingly long time, yet you've avoided facing dental problems in cats or dental problems in dogs because you're in denial. Bad pet owner! It's time to change your ways and take pet dental care seriously. As your mouth-breather blissfully snoozes beside your pillow, make a mental note to call the vet first thing in the morning. Sure, you’ve…

A Tooth For A Tooth - Proper Pet Dental Care

Chomping and chewing. Those are two of my favorite things to do! But I couldn't do them if I didn't have such amazingly strong fangs, thanks to my human's diligent care.

Dentistry for Pets

February is Pet Dental month in many veterinary practises in Canada and the United States. Oral hygiene is an important issue for dogs and cats.

The Importance of Canine Oral Health and Common Issues Arising from Poor Hygiene

We all grew up being taught to brush our teeth twice a day to prevent the buildup of plaque and fight off cavities. Dental hygiene is second nature to many adults. But with this information instilled in our brain, how is it that we often forget to take care of another important set of teeth: our dogs?

The Importance of Canine Oral Health and Common Issues Arising from Poor Hygiene

We all grew up being taught to brush our teeth twice a day to prevent the buildup of plaque and fight off cavities. Dental hygiene is second nature to many adults. But with this information instilled in our brain, how is it that we often forget to take care of another important set of teeth: our dogs?

A Few Tips for Keeping Your Pup's Pearly Whites Clean

Most dog owners have endured the gross experience of playing with their dog, only to have it come up to your face, panting and giving you a whiff of its foul doggy breath. A lot of pet owners assume that bad breath in dogs is normal. But while your dog’s breath will probably have a hint of meat or puppy food, it shouldn’t smell terrible. Really bad breath is actually a sign of poor dental hygiene.

Bad Breath can be Bad

…gingivitis. The rate of growth of bacteria can be related to the animals overall health and immune status. Bacterial growth releases endotoxins which destroys gum tissue, causes inflammation and often leads to more serious dental disease. Plaque is a film on the teeth consisting of bacteria, saliva, food, and white blood cells. Plaque accumulates on the teeth then tartar develops and starts to build up on the teeth. More inflammation develops…

Growing Old Gracefully

Most dogs are considered senior pets by the time they are 7 years old. Aging for pets can be much like aging for people - arthritis, depleted energy, sleeping more as well as more serious health problems such as dental disease, heart disease and kidney disease. Starting supportive care early before your pets starts to show more serious signs of deterioration is the best approach. Proactive health care involves yearly health exams and bloodwork…

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