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Why Your Pet Needs Dental Care (Infographic)
by Lorie Huston, DVM on February 21, 2014
I love this infographic, provided by VIP Pet Insurance. It provides a graphic view of the rather disturbing numbers we encounter when we start talking about pets and dental health. For instance:
- 8 out of 10 dogs show signs of dental disease by age 3!
- 7 out of 10 cats show signs of dental disease by age 3!
- VIP pet insurance holders spent a staggering 11.2 million dollars (yes, that says million!) on treating dental issues in 2013.
- 52% of those claims were related to treating periodontal disease.
It’s worth noting that spending money on preventive health care for your pet can save you money in the long run. Besides that, it can also spare your pet a great deal of pain and prevent more serious illnesses that can result from dental disease as well.
Take a look at the infographic. Notice the signs of dental disease in dogs and cats that are listed. All pet owners should be aware of and be watching for these symptoms.
Once you’ve finished looking at the infographic, call your veterinarian to schedule an examination (including a dental examination) for your pet. While there, discuss with your veterinarian what you can do at home to help keep your pet’s teeth healthy.
Though it’s not noted in the infographic, you should also know that a veterinary dental cleaning for your pet actually is much more involved than simply cleaning your pet’s teeth, though this is an important part of the procedure. Your pet’s teeth will be examined individually looking for signs of trouble. If problems are detected, your veterinarian will develop a treatment plan to deal with them. Veterinary dental cleanings involve cleaning both the visible surface of your pet’s teeth as well as cleaning under the gumline, which is where the majority of dental disease develops.
A “veterinary dental cleaning” is actually quite an involved process but one that is essential to your pet’s oral health. Together with regular home care (which should be a routine part of your pet’s daily grooming routine), these procedures are quite effective in keeping your pet’s mouth healthy, keeping his/her breath fresh, and keeping those pearly whites white.
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About Lorie Huston, DVM Lorie Huston is an accomplished veterinarian, an award winning blogger, a talented author and a certified veterinary journalist. She is available for writing assignments, blogging and social media consultation, and SEO strategy.
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