Preventing Pet Dental Disease

| February 3, 2023

February is National Pet Dental Month. Did you know that by the age of three, 80% of dogs and cats show signs of dental disease? According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), it’s one of the most common problems faced by our four-legged family members.  

When your canine companion or feline friend has red gums, yellow teeth, and stinky breath, it could be a sign of serious oral disease that could, if left untreated, lead to serious pet health issues. What can you do to help prevent dental disease and keep your pet healthy and happy? 

Prevention is Key

As with many health issues, prevention is always the best medicine. One way you can take a proactive role in preventing oral disease in your pet is by using a toothbrush.  

Using a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your pet’s teeth daily will remove food particles and prevent the buildup of tartar and plaque deposits. Don’t forget to use specially formatted pet toothpaste – they’ll most likely prefer the chicken or tuna flavour over something minty fresh. Look for products that have the Veterinary Oral Health Council seal of approval that meet their standards for effectiveness when used as directed. 

Overall health begins with a good diet, but did you know that many dental health issues are caused by malnutrition? Work with your veterinarian to address your pet’s nutrition and develop a healthy eating plan. 

Get Coverage with Toronto Humane Society’s Pet Insurance

Pets with developing gingivitis and periodontal diseases often paw at their faces or mouths frequently, have excessive drool, and may also exhibit unwillingness to eat their kibble and harder foods. If your pet is already showing these signs, it may be time to seek the help of a veterinarian.  

With Toronto Humane Society Pet Health Insurance, you won’t have to put financial concerns ahead of your pet’s health and happiness. Our plans include comprehensive dental care for cats and dogs that can be used for annual cleaning or assisting with dental disease. Get a free quote today.