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18 July 2011

Brush up on good health

It's not just people who should 'brush up' for the sake of good health. Research shows that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats already have signs of oral disease by age three.

The dental health of your family doesn't stop with the human members - you have to care for your dogs and cats' oral health too.

"If your pet has discoloured teeth, smelly breath, tender and bleeding gums, pain, tooth decay and/or tooth loss they may already have oral disease. It is important to act quickly as the bacteria and toxins in an infected mouth can enter the bloodstream and affect vital organs, causing serious illnesses such as heart and kidney disease."

  • Bad breath
  • A yellow brown crust of tartar on teeth
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when you touch the gums or mouth
  • A change in eating or chewing habits
  • Abnormal drooling
  • Tooth loss
  • Going to the food bowl but not eating
  • Swallowing food whole instead of chewing
  • Dropping food out of the mouth
  • Pawing at the face or mouth
  • Listlessness or subdued behaviour
  • If your pet shows any of these symptoms take them to the vet for expert advice.

 
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