According to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, 80% of cats and dogs will show signs of periodontal disease including, red and swollen gums, bad breath, pain, and tooth loss. Small and mid-sized dog breeds are especially susceptible.
If left untreated, periodontal disease progresses to plaque build up, gum recession, loosened teeth, bad breath, inflammation and bleeding of the gums, and eventually loss of teeth, oral infections, and even poor overall health.
Bad breath is usually the first telltale sign that your dog has underlying oral health issues. As a pet owner, it is important to do more than just focus on your dog’s bad breath. An oral health care regime is important for long-term health.
There are a number of things that you can do to ensure good oral health for your pet. An easy to follow oral care routine can reduce the likelihood of periodontal disease, discomfort for your dog and costly teeth cleaning visits to the vet, which often require general anesthetic.
Good oral care for dogs is not that different than it is for people. Multiple modes are best – we brush, floss and rinse, and the same multi-mode principle applies to dogs. Remember, only use oral care products that have been clinically proven to be effective and safe for your pet – like all bluestem oral care products.