As you probably know, our pets can and do suffer from many of the same diseases that we get.
Do you know what is considered the #1 most common disease in dogs? You may be surprised.
If you guessed heart disease, cancer or diabetes - guess again. The #1 most common disease in dogs is actually periodontal disease. Periodontal disease includes anything that affects the tissues surrounding teeth, including gums. It's deadly in humans and it's deadly in canines, too.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 80 percent of dogs show oral disease by age 3 and it is the most common health problem treated in dogs.
How recently have you gotten a big whiff of "doggy breath"? That gross smell is caused by the build-up of bacteria in your dog's mouth. The bacteria causes more than just doggy breath. It is also the cause of tooth loss and dental disease, which leads to disease in other organs like the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Preventive dental care is one of the most neglected pet health needs. This is especially sad when you realize that good dental case is just as important for pets as it is for people.
Brushing your dog's teeth is one of the most important things you can do to keep your dog healthy. In fact, brushing your dog's teeth just 3 times a week could add as much as 5 years to your dog's life! Ideally, this is something you should begin doing when your dog is just a puppy - at 8 to 12 weeks of age. But no matter how old your dog is, it is never too late to start. And by brushing just 3 minutes a week, you can increase your dog's lifespan by up to 5 whole years. That's a pretty good investment of your time if you ask me!
So please, give your dog the good dental care he needs to live a longer, healthier life. You'll be so glad you did.