Periodontal Disease in Dogs FREE PDF
80% of dogs over the age of 3 have periodontal disease. Find out how to eliminate it with this free guide.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), dental care for dogs and cats is one of the most neglected areas of pet care. A recent AAHA study revealed that approximately 2/3rds of pet parents do not provide recommended dental care for their pets. Other studies by the American Veterinary Dental Society recently reported that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of periodontal disease by 3 years of age. Altogether, these findings are unsettling, but also point to significant opportunities for improvement. In fact, small steps in oral care can lead to big improvements in overall health. Dental care for our feline friends is equally important, but this article will focus on Periodontal Disease in Dogs.
Whether in humans or animals, periodontal disease is simply an infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth. Bacteria in the mouth form a sticky film on the teeth called plaque. When the bacteria die, calcium in saliva combines with the plaque forming a rough hard substance called tartar.
When plaque first forms, it is pliable and easy to remove. Tartar starts to form within hours on a tooth surface that is not kept clean. once it becomes calcified, it creates an increasingly rough surface on which new plaque can easily adhere. Once tartar begins to accumulate it is difficult to remove without dental instruments. We are all likely familiar with bad dog breath, which is certainly the most recognizable result of poor dental care. Pets can also experience mouth pain which can affect their ability to eat. FULL POST HERE