Dental disease is more than just an unattractive cosmetic issue for our pets – when your canine companion or feline friend has red gums, yellow teeth, or stinky breath, it could be a sign of serious oral disease. If ignored and left untreated, it could cause chronic pain and affect a pet’s quality of life. The American Veterinary Medical Association reports 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some kind of oral disease by the age of 3.

Every February, the pet industry draws attention to this serious health issue for pets, but pet dental health shouldn’t be overlooked year-round. Between regular vet visits, pet parents should look for warning signs of declining oral health:

Bad breath

Discolored, broken, or loose teeth

Extra teeth or retained baby teeth

Abdominal chewing, drooling or dropping food from the mouth

Reduced appetite or refusal to eat

Pain in or around the mouth

Bleeding from the mouth

Swelling in areas surrounding the mouth

Unfortunately, about 1% of pet parents brush their pets’ teeth. Warning customers about the warning signs of bad oral health and stocking up on dental health products will save thousands in vet costs and keep their pets healthy!

There are a number of ways to prevent harmful bacteria from causing these potentially painful problems. Regular brushing or using water additives or brush-less gels and foams can keep pets teeth clean and prevent future issues.

Raw bones are also a great snack that actually clean dog’s teet! In addition to providing them with a nice oral workout, they give dogs a healthy dose of natural calcium.