According to medical officials, 80 to 85 percent of dogs and cats over the age of three are going to have periodontal disease. Tarter build up in pets, particularly dogs, can cause gingivitis, which can lead to irritation, infection around the tooth root and ultimately tooth loss. Poor pet oral care can also lead to systemic side affects, from heart to kidney issues. But periodontal diseases are preventable with daily brushing and regular teeth cleanings with a veterinarian, something that is often overlooked by owners, according to Brian Frank, DVM, Madison Pet Clinic.
"In general most people don't flip the lip, is what they say," said Frank. "And they don't realize the importance that their dog has a lot of tartar and periodontal disease. They don't realize it until we point it out to them because they are just dealing with petting the dog and looking externally at the dog."
February is Pet Dental Health month. Dr. Frank recommends preventative measures with daily brushing.
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