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February is Dental Health Month

Updated: Feb 14

Did you know almost 90% of dogs will have some form of gum disease by age 2?

Gum disease can be painful! Dogs may no longer tolerate having their teeth brushed due to painful gums, they may flinch or yelp when you try and lift their lips to look at their teeth.

Have you noticed your dog seems reluctant to play with chew toys or eat certain foods? This can also be a sign of painful gum disease.

Tartar buildup actually starts with plaque, a clear, sticky substance that naturally forms on a dog’s teeth every time they eat. As plaque mingles with the salts found in their saliva, the plaque begins to harden, sometimes in only 24 hours! If the cycle continues, tartar will eventually form. What does dog tartar look like? If you see a yellow or brown substance at the top of your dog’s teeth near the gum line, that’s tartar!

Thankfully there are lots of options to keep your dogs teeth healthy.

Dental treats work by removing tartar and plaque that has formed on the teeth.

Water additives freshen breath and help prevent tartar buildup on teeth.

Enzymatic gel works to soften plaque and tartar over time allowing for easier removal.

Toothbrush and toothpaste. Of course they make canine toothpaste in dog friendly flavors like peanut butter and bacon.


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