Proper dental hygiene is crucial to your dog’s quality of life. Poor dental health is painful, expensive, and can shorten your dog’s lifespan!
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- More than 80% of dogs are diagnosed to have active dental diseases after reaching age three, according to VCA Animal Hospitals.
- From Petco: “Squirmy pets cause pet parents to give up on dental regimens. In a study by Petco, 38% of pet parents who don’t have a dental regimen for their pet claim it’s because it’s too hard to keep their pet still. At-home dental cleanings can require a bit of practice and patience, but starting early and sticking to it can get your pet more used to the task.”
- Per AAHA: “X-rays are essential for diagnosing dental disease. After examining dental radiographs (X-rays) of cats and dogs with teeth that appeared normal to the naked eye, veterinarians found 27.8% of dogs and 41.7% of cats had diseased teeth. In pets with abnormal-looking teeth, veterinarians found additional diseased teeth in 50% of dogs and 53% of cats.”
- Dog cleaning with x-rays costs between $300-$700
- “According to Metlife, the cost to remove a dog’s tooth varies and can range from $500 – $2,500.”
- “Poor oral health can shorten a pet’s life span by three to five years.“
- According to the Animal Care Center of Castle Pines, “Periodontal Disease has four stages, but it is only reversible when it’s detected during the first stage, gingivitis. In any of the more progressed stages, your dog will likely already be facing bone loss and may need extractions to minimize the chance of further infection and jawbone deterioration.”
- Roughly 7% of dog owners brush their pet’s teeth
- Many doggie dental kits are available for under $10
- Foul doggie breath isn’t normal despite the trope.
Check out the following infographic by Petco regarding pet dental health: