In celebration of National Pet Dental Health Month coming up in February, here area few fun facts about your pet’s mouth!
- Dogs and cats have a full set of baby teeth that are replaced with adult teeth, just like humans!
- Dogs have 42 permanent adult teeth; cats have 30.
- Periodontal disease (teeth/gums) is the most common disease seen in adult dogs and cats.
- Providing your pet with good dental hygiene can add 2-4 years to its life!
- Contrary to what you’ve heard, a dog’s mouth is NOT cleaner than a human’s mouth.
- Periodontal disease causes inflammation and infection that can damage other organs including the heart, liver, and kidneys.
- Small breed dogs are more likely to have dental issues. Why? Because their teeth are often a little too large for the size of their mouths.
- The most common sign of periodontal disease is bad breath, or halitosis (aka dog breath).
- Most pets will not stop eating even when severe periodontal disease is present, so that isn’t a reliable sign.
- Sneezing and nasal discharge can be a sign of a tooth infection.
- Proper dental cleaning requires general anesthesia in pets.
- For good dental health, your pet’s teeth should be brushed daily.
- Approximately 80% of dogs and cats will have some form of dental disease by age three.
- Veterinary dentists perform many of the same procedures as human dentists, including root canals and crowns!
Take advantage of National Pet Dental Health Month by bringing your dog or cat in for that dental work you have been putting off! Billings Animal Hospital is pleased to be able to offer 10% off all dental cleanings (including anesthesia and monitoring) through March 31st. Please call us today at 406-245-4772 to schedule your appointment while it is on your mind.