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HOW CAN I PREVENT ORAL DISEASE IN CATS AND DOGS?

Develop a dental care routine that's as easy as 1,2,3.

The bacteria that lurk in a pet's mouth may be the cause of bad breath and more. Bacteria accumulation can lead to oral disease and increase the risk for disease in other organs, such as the heart, liver and kidneys, according to research presented at a recent conference on Companion Animal Oral Health.

The American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) reports that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three. In fact, oral disease is the most common health problem treated in small animal clinics today.

The partners of the Pets Need Dental Care, TooTM campaign, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Dental Society, and Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., urge pet owners to undertake a three-step dental care program:

  • Visit your veterinarian for a complete checkup.
  • Start a pet dental care routine at home with the right food and brushing.
  • Continue regular veterinary dental checkups.

This article reprinted with permission from Hill's Science Diet Oral Care brand pet food. This and other resources on dental health can be found at www.petdental.com, compliments of Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.

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