We often underestimate how quickly dental disease can take hold because most of us are in the habit of taking care of our teeth every day. Our cats and dogs are not much different in their oral health needs: daily brushing is key to avoiding severe periodontal disease which leads to loss of teeth and very bad breath.
Dental disease in dogs and cats is very common, especially in older ones. It is recommended to do dental cleanings annually. If that seems often, remember that we have *our* teeth cleaned every 6 months!
You've had a tough day at work, you turn the key and a mob of overjoyed, energetic and panting dogs rushes you. Such a greeting! Like they've been desperately waiting all day for you to walk through the door, but wait... what is that smell?! Yep, it's your dog's breath.
"Is it necessary to bring my pet in for a dental?" Yes! Poor pet dental hygiene can lead to a host of other problems for your pet, many of which are preventable.
Does your pet have bad breath? According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), "Don't turn your nose to Fido's or Fluffy's bad breath"! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet's teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.