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Title: National Pet Dental Health Month

National Pet Dental Health Month
Pets Need Dental Care, TooTM
  • Oral health is achieved through a combination of
    veterinary care and home care

The Facts
  • 85 of all adult dogs and cats have some degree
    of periodontal disease
  • Only 25 of dogs and cats get treatment
  • - AAHA Compliance Study, 2003

The Progression of Periodontal Disease
  • Plaque is a colorless film that contains a large
    amount of bacteria
  • If teeth are not cleaned regularly, plaque builds
    up and causes inflammation of the gums
  • It destroys the gums, resulting in pain and the
    loss of the tissues and the bone
    that support the teeth

The Periodontal Disease Cycle
Contributing Factors
  • Poor Oral Hygiene Ignoring the condition of your
    pets mouth can lead to periodontal disease and
    other health problems
  • Breed It is more often a problem for smaller
    breeds of dogs and certain breeds of cats
  • Age It is more common as pets grow older

Signs of Periodontal Disease
  • Bad breath
  • Yellow-brown crust on teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Going to the food bowl, but not eating
  • Change of chewing or eating habits
  • Tooth loss
  • Subdued behavior
  • Abnormal drooling
  • Dropping food out of the mouth
  • Swallowing food whole

Preventing Periodontal Disease
In many cases, periodontal disease is
preventable through appropriate plaque
control. - The Complete Dental Prophylaxis,
Ellen Logan, DVM
Steps to Prevention
  • 1) Visit your Veterinarian
  • Start a preventive program of
    dental care today
  • Dental scaling and polishing
    are needed to remove plaque
    and tartar
  • Take care of any dental
    problems found

Steps to Prevention (cont.)
  • 2) Start An Oral Care Routine At Home
  • Plaque should be removed
    every day
  • Brushing your pets
    teeth daily is the best
  • Feeding a special oral care
    food is another way to
    the buildup of plaque and tartar

Steps to Prevention (cont.)
  • 3) Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
  • Pets need a dental cleaning
    at least once per
  • For pets that form tartar quickly or
    have a history of oral
    problems, frequent
    examinations and cleanings
    may be advised

The Edible Toothbrush
  • Prescription Diet t/d brand pet food
  • Reduces gingivitis and buildup of tartar, plaque
    and stain
  • Reduces bad breath
  • Powerful antioxidants added to reinforce natural
    defense for overall health
  • Available at veterinary clinics

Look for the VOHC Seal
  • The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)
    evaluates research to determine if products meet
    preset standards for controlling plaque and
    tartar accumulation
  • Always look for the VOHC Seal of Acceptance on
    products for dental health
  • This seal indicates proven efficacy for plaque
    AND tartar

  • Dental Exams once a year (at least)
  • Annual cleanings (at least)
  • Daily home care
  • Healthier pets
  • with better breath!

  • For more information on pet dental care

Clinic Information
  • If you have questions, please contact us at
  • Beaver Lake Animal Hospital
  • 26325 SE 39th Street
  • Issaquah, WA 98029
  • 425 557 0752