That’s my Kallie up there! She’s been part of our family for over ten years now. Kallie is a keeshond, a breed related to Samoyeds and Pomeranians. Go check the link – there’s even a super cute picture of Kallie as a 9-week-old puppy at the bottom of that dog breed page I linked! Even though she’s a senior dog now, she still acts like a puppy most of the time. I love her goofy smile, and I want to keep Kallie and that smile healthy for a long, long time.
A recent survey by Ipsos Reid revealed that 88% of us know that healthy teeth are linked to our animal friends’ overall good health. We love our pets and of course we want only the best for them, but 25% don’t know what dental disease looks like, which means many pets may be suffering in silence. Do you know what to look for?
Dental disease is the most common clinical health problem for Canadian dogs and cats. By age one, almost 85% of all pets have some form of periodontal disease caused by dental plaque which forms calculus (tartar) over time. Small dogs are particularly vulnerable. It starts with gingivitis (red gums), but over time the infection can go down the root and affect the bone and attachments of the teeth. Symptoms include inflamed gums, bad breath, poor appetite, excessive drooling, pawing at the mouth and even tooth loss.
The good news is that dental disease is preventable! The most important thing you can do for your dog or cat’s oral health is to take them to the vet regularly. Your vet will do a thorough oral and health exam and provide you with a treatment plan for keeping your pet healthy. Treatment options can include regular brushing, dental cleaning, or a dental pet food diet.
Our strategy is to incorporate Kallie’s dental care into our regular routine to help stay on top of things. My four-year-old thinks it’s fun to brush the dog’s teeth, so that’s one way we encourage her to start on her own bedtime routine. “Let’s go upstairs and brush Kallie’s teeth, and then it will be time to brush yours!” We schedule Kallie’s dental cleaning with the vet at the same time as she gets her vaccinations. Because remember, there’s no tooth fairy for pets!
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