Periodontal disease is a gum disease that can lead to gum, tooth, and jawbone decay. In pets, this disease begins the same as it does for humans–with plaque. Bacteria in your pet’s mouth feed on plaque, causing oral health issues like tartar, gingivitis, and tooth loss. Periodontal disease is a painful experience and may result in the need for oral surgery. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop gum disease by the time they are three years old.
Some symptoms of dental health issues:
– Bad breath
– Loose or missing teeth
– Discolored teeth
– Loss of appetite or weight loss
– Bleeding from the mouth or gums
By the time you see symptoms, your pet may already have periodontal disease. That’s why it’s important to take proactive steps to care for your pet’s teeth early on.
A frozen raw bone is a natural toothbrush for your dog or cat. Repetitively chewing as they break down a bone helps to scrape existing plaque from your pet’s teeth and massages their gums. Unlike more traditional commercial dental chews, raw bones do not contain starches that can form additional plaque. Protein-rich raw bones also contain moisture, enzymes, and healthy fats that help keep teeth and gums healthy.
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