Hopefully we all know by now that February has been designated as National Pet Dental Health Month. It’s a whole month where the AVMA and several other veterinary groups address the significance of oral care for pets in a variety of ways.
According to studies done by AAHA (The American Animal Hospital Association), approximately 85% of cats and dogs over the age of 3 have some sort of periodontal or dental disease.
Just like people, pets accumulate plaque on a daily basis.
“Plaque is composed of 90% microscopic bacteria that, over time, harden and become tartar or calculus. These bacteria and tartar can lead to gingivitis (gum inflammation), which is the body’s response to the unhealthy bacteria.”
“When the gum tissue is unhealthy, it often progresses to periodontal disease, which causes bone loss at the root of the tooth and then tooth loss.”
“Regular teeth brushing at home can greatly improve oral health, and thus overall health, and help reduce or prevent periodontal disease.”
Since we’re at the end of National Pet Dental Health Month and the month of LOVE and I know that everyone is super psyched to get their pets started on a dental cleaning routine STAT, thanks to our very good friends at Pedigree, who make PEDIGREE DENTASTIXS, dental treats that are clinically proven to reduce tartar build up, we have a great giveaway to help one lucky reader get started on that dental cleaning routine!
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