Is Your Pet Protected?

Posted on September 25, 2009 under Pet Insurance News

Keith Erickson, Oxyfresh Worldwide, Inc. – Sep 25, 2009

Bad breath could be a sign of pet dental disease

October is National Pet Wellness Month and the perfect time to focus on educating pet owners about the importance of preventive pet health care.

Did you know that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over age 3 have some kind of dental disease? Left untreated, this can cause bad breath, swollen and bleeding gums, loose teeth and difficulty eating. Even more troublesome, it can lead to heart, liver and kidney disease — shortening your pet’s life by up to 5 years!

That’s why pet dental disease is known as the “Silent Killer of Pets.” Don’t let this happen to your furry friend.

What can you do?

Protecting your pet’s health starts with a healthy smile!

3 Ways to Promote Optimum Pet Dental Health

1. Pets have teeth, too … brush them!

Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is the best way to fight dental disease. The great thing is that you only need to brush for 30 seconds a day to make a big difference in the dental health of your pet. Brushing scrubs away plaque and tartar that can’t be removed naturally with saliva or by eating. On top of the health benefits, developing an in-home brushing regimen could save you a bundle on professional cleanings — which can cost between $70 and $350, depending on whether anesthesia is needed!

2. Add some TLC to their water bowl

Pets need water anyway, why not nourish it? There are several safe and effective products that freshen pet breath and help reduce the formation of plaque and tartar. Brushing is always best, but for an added benefit use a water additive. Just pour the recommended dose into your pet’s water bowl daily and your work is done — it’s that easy!

3. Use a pet toothpaste for extra cleaning power

Imagine brushing your own teeth with just water. It would do nothing toward freshening your breath and you certainly would not receive the same teeth-cleansing benefits as with toothpaste. The same is true for pets. Using a specially formulated pet toothpaste (human toothpastes can cause stomach upset and should not be used) takes dental care to the next level, promoting a healthy mouth, freshening breath and helping fight dental disease.

Celebrate National Pet Wellness Month in October by making a commitment to adopt a year-round dental home care plan for your pet. It will make him happier and more huggable … and it could even add years to his life!

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